Seven killed in CAR attack

2013-06-03 20:29
Armed Seleka rebels on a pick-up truck in Bangui. Sia Kambou,  AFP)

Armed Seleka rebels on a pick-up truck in Bangui. Sia Kambou, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Bangui - Armed men claiming to be members of the ruling Seleka movement in the Central African Republic killed seven people and wounded several others in an attack on the central town of Bouca, a military source said on Monday.

"Armed men who said they were Seleka forces attacked Bouca on Sunday morning, killing seven people, wounding many others with bullets and burning down almost 20 homes. The assailants... also took away possessions and promised to return. Most of the inhabitants have fled the town to take refuge in the bush," the source said.

The attackers arrived in the region last week and told the local population that "they came to protect them", before bursting into their homes to loot them, the source added.

The Seleka coalition, formerly a rebel alliance, overthrew the unstable regime of Francois Bozize on 24 March and Seleka leader Michel Djotodia proclaimed himself head of state. Since then, his government has struggled to secure the poor, landlocked nation, where conflict and looting are rife.

In a separate development, a rebel group was on Monday holding at least 10 hostages at Baboua in the west and demanding a ransom of €1 500  for their release, a military source said.

"At least 10 people, mostly children, are currently detained at Baboua by elements of the FDPC [Democratic Front for the Central African People] led by Abdoulaye Miskine, who are demanding payment of a ransom of a million," the source told AFP.

The FDPC was a part of the Seleka coalition during its insurgency, but threatened in April to take up arms against the new authorities. Government forces that month ordered an attack on FDPC positions, in which Miskine himself was injured.

At the request of the Bangui government, leaders in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) plan to raise the number of troops deployed in a regional peacekeeping force from the current 700 to 2 000, in the hope of providing stability.

Read more on:    eccas  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your ideas may feel like a sea of thoughts swimming around every which way, and now you need to find something to contain them in...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.