Thousands of Muslims try to flee CAR

2014-02-14 22:39
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Bangui - Thousands of Muslims who tried to flee the sectarian violence in Central African Republic's capital were turned back by peacekeepers on Friday, as crowds of angry Christians shouted "we're going to kill you all."

The convoy stopped before entering a neighborhood wracked by fresh fighting.

Some cars carried as many as 10 people as the convoy made its way through Bangui, the second such mass exodus in a week. Christians gathered alongside the road to taunt the Muslims, many of whom have been targeted by murderous mobs in recent weeks.

But the convoy, which stretched as far as the eye could see, was turned back because peacekeepers feared it would be attacked when going through some volatile parts of Bangui.

Militiamen

The procession of vehicles was halted in the Miskine neighbourhood, where one vehicle tumbled into a ditch on the side of the road.

On the orders of a Burundian captain, African peacekeepers went vehicle-to-vehicle instructing everyone to return to a local mosque, according to a journalist.

Peacekeepers stopped the group before they passed through neighbourhoods where fresh fighting had erupted on Friday. At least one person was killed there in a grenade attack by Christian militiamen, according to witnesses at a nearby mosque.

French peacekeepers had to evacuate two other severely wounded people from an angry crowd that had set tires on fire and was shouting anti-Muslim and anti-French slogans.

- AP

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