6 dead in latest CAR clash

2013-05-20 18:06
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Bangui - At least six people died and several were injured in fighting between military police and Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) at the weekend, a military police official said on Monday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the fighting broke out on Sunday in the town of Bimbo south of the capital after members of the Seleka rebel coalition "stole and hid" several vehicles.

He said military police had gone to recover the vehicles, but the alleged thieves resisted and one of the rebels was shot by the officers.

In retaliation one of the rebels had "opened fire on a member of the military police", who also died.

A shootout then broke out, leaving another rebel and a civilian dead, he said.

Several people were injured, including a young girl who was hospitalised after being shot in the shoulder.

The police official said the multinational peacekeeping force Fomac intervened with the back-up of French troops and restored calm to the town.

The Seleka rebel coalition seized power in Central Africa in a coup ousting president Francois Bozize after a peace deal fell apart.

The security situation in the already unstable nation remains volatile with pillaging and sporadic attacks still not brought under control.

Read more on:    seleka  |  francois bozize  |  central african republic  |  car uprisings  |  central africa

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