Widespread looting hits CAR

2014-01-23 14:06
Catherine Samba-Panza (AFP)

Catherine Samba-Panza (AFP)

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Bangui - Witnesses in Central African Republic's capital say the city has been wracked by heavy looting and death threats against Muslims in the hours leading up to the inauguration of the new interim president.

Catherine Samba-Panza, the current mayor of the capital, Bangui, is to be sworn in later on Thursday as head of the transitional government that is to organize elections later this year.

The largely anarchic and impoverished city has been mired in violence following a March 2013 coup led by mostly Muslim rebels. A Christian militia launched a coup attempt last month that unleashed sectarian violence that left more than 1 000 people dead in just a few days.

On Wednesday and Thursday, thieves pillaged Muslim shops and homes. A group of 30 Muslims was rescued by Rwandan peacekeepers.

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