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70 Muslims killed in CAR town

2014-02-24 22:36

Carnot - Christian militiamen killed at least 70 people in the remote southwest of Central African Republic, at one point ordering a group of Muslims to lie on the ground and shooting them one by one, witnesses said on Monday.

The militiamen, known as the anti-Balaka, slaughtered the Muslims in the village of Guen earlier this month, a Catholic priest, the Reverend Rigobert Dolongo, who helped bury the bodies, told The Associated Press. At least 27 people were slain in the first day of the attack, while 43 others were killed on the second day, he said.

Ibrahim Aboubakar, 22, said the anti-Balaka stormed Guen and killed his two older brothers after they were heard speaking in Arabic.

"Later that day they rounded up dozens of people and forced them all to lie down on their stomachs. Then they shot them one by one," he said from the refuge of a Catholic church in Carnot, about 100km away, where he is among 800 seeking shelter from attack.

Hundreds of Muslims remain in Guen, hiding in the town's Catholic church and also at the imam's home.

Those Muslims still in Guen appealed by telephone for African peacekeepers in Carnot to rescue them, according to two Muslim residents who insisted on anonymity because they feared for their lives.

They also confirmed that heavily armed anti-Balaka were still in control of the village on Tuesday. The local commander for the peacekeeping mission said he needed permission from his supervisors in the capital, Bangui, to go to Guen.

Like much of the violence in Central African Republic, the true toll from the attack on Guen may never be known. Most survivors fled deep into the rural bush, hiking to safety in towns further west.

Comments
  • Charmaine McDonald - 2014-02-24 23:29

    This is really sad, The Holy Bible, The Holy Quran and all scriptures forbids the killing of Human Beings, regardless of our different Faiths in God, we are still brothers and sisters in the sight of The Almighty Creator of this glorious World. I pray that this senseless war ends.

      Phil Smith - 2014-02-25 00:51

      If you just take god out of the equation completely then we wont have this problem. If there was a god (which there is not) he is either impotent (he cant help) or evil (he doesnt want to help). Do yourself a favour, get off your knees and stop praying.... rather do something useful

      Herman Hoffeldt - 2014-02-25 04:20

      Yeah Paul, like Stalin, Hitler, Pot and Amin. Just take God out of the equation. You are living in a dream world. It is human nature to be like that. People have killed each other for aeons, with God and without him. The problem is not God, it is the human nature.

      Miguel Capelo - 2014-02-25 06:24

      Herman... you should think/research first. Hitler was Catholic... Stalin was such a dictator and pig that he would not allow any other religion to share the same stage (cause he knew they would take over)... Mugabe is Catholic... see the pattern here. The problem is not human nature... it is god.... or rather the belief in one. It always ends up MY GOD IS GREATER THAN YOURS. Compounding this is the fact that Christianity/ISLAM/JUDAISM all share the same blood soaked heritage... they are all cut from the same ABRAHAMIC insanity. Do yourself a favour and research. The most stable and progressive country in the world, SWEDEN, is 85 percent atheist and climbing. We have a lot to learn

      Philip Grobler - 2014-02-25 06:54

      Charmaine, sorry to burst your bubble. The Quran orders the killing of infidels (the word used in the voluminous English translation I read is "kafirs") Read the following. YUSUFALI: “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”  Slay? That is kill. By the way, the above quote comes from Quran 9:11. Coincidence? Perhaps.

      Julie Wilde - 2014-02-25 10:44

      Miguel Capelo - Stalin was an atheist!

      Etol Semoer - 2014-02-25 13:38

      yay - makes for a change, a few mossies less to worry about when you see them in public with their holes in the air. @charmaine mcdonald, dont be so naive?

  • Michael Cassel - 2014-02-24 23:43

    No one who commits such an act can call themselves christians... the are just sociopaths and cowards

      Julie Wilde - 2014-02-25 09:22

      Atheitis aka Satanist, why do you hate Christians so much? Every time there is a news report about Christians you are here spreading your poison. You say that 'The Bible teaches hate" yet you are doing exactly the same thing, hypocritical much? There are no bad religions there are just bad people and you are an example of that!

      Johnny B Goode - 2014-02-25 12:21

      That's like saying no Nazis that killed Jews can call themselves Nazis...they are psychopaths and cowards.In fact, christianity like all religions thrive on war and bloodshed. Just look at the history books.

  • Sindiswa Promise - 2014-02-24 23:52

    they can kill muslims but they cant kill islaam..may Allah grant all of dem paradise

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-25 00:36

      That's because you can't kill something which was never alive.

      Phil Smith - 2014-02-25 00:52

      I wish there was a hell for people like you

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-25 01:16

      Who you talking to there Phil?

      Hussein Bashir - 2014-02-25 07:16

      Ameen

  • Hamza Goolam-Mahomed - 2014-02-25 00:02

    While these 'anti-balaka' may mainly be formed by Christians, they are clearly not acting according to their faith, and the very fact that the church is keeping so many Muslims safe is testimony to that. This has to do more with ethnicity and less to do with religion.

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-25 00:34

    Both sides are extremists. Anybody who uses any religion as an excuse to exterminate is a fundamental nut job. In saying that, on the global score board, I think the Muslims are still due a few thousand good hidings. Just my 5c worth.

      Rudolf Meiring - 2014-02-25 05:44

      Second commandment, Love your neighbour.

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-25 05:56

      What have my neighbors to do with this? I am fine with my neighbors. Simply noting that the Muslims squeal like little girls when someone fights back. I am not going out persecuting anyone.

      Cornie Cilliers - 2014-02-25 07:24

      When the muslims overtook CAR with violence nobody heard about it, now suddenly the poor muslims have to flee? I don't condone the killing, but they started it! @atheitis: in which fairytale book did you read that about Jesus? Please stick to the science vs religion section of news24!

      Cornie Cilliers - 2014-02-25 08:00

      Ps, don't say the Bible, cause you clearly don't own one!

      Cornie Cilliers - 2014-02-25 08:35

      Deut 13: 7-11 means, rather kill someone than allow them to turn you away from God: not a direct order. Meaning murder is better than to turn your back on God. John 15: 6 means, anyone who does not accept God will perish, again not a direct order to murder. But thet will end up in the "burning flames of hell" Luke 19: 27 Jesus was telling the desciples about a story of a king that spoke these words. It was again not an order. Again: read the bible and stop googling what atheists says it means!

      Etol Semoer - 2014-02-25 13:47

      love your comment thuli and i agree absolutely 100% with you. these mossies are nut cases or brainless. i do not buy from any shop if the owner is mos cos they are there for one thing only, not to make money, but to infiltrate the community... fckuers, i saw this in the UK as well, luckily the yobs and skinn heads (whom i do not support by the way) sorted them out. unfortunately in areas like leeds and most parts of west yorkshire it has gotten out of hand and they are the majority. be wise people, when you see a mos family move to your neighborhood, do not love they neighbor but keep an eye on him cos soon enough you will see 2 and then 3 and then 4 and then before you know it they build a mosq and scream like pigs at 4 in the morning.

      Cornie Cilliers - 2014-02-26 06:15

      @etol semoer: love your name! Lol

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-25 01:56

    Phaq me! These ones shoot back! Lol

  • Rashida Patel - 2014-02-25 06:41

    So do we lable them "cristian terrorists" ? Double standards when muslims killed!

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2014-02-25 06:52

    Christians are so violent, calling them terrorists would be an honor, how can they kill peaceful muslims like that.

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-25 06:54

      Hahaha! Masterful use of sarcasm there. Brilliant in fact! :)

      Kim Gregory - 2014-02-25 07:59

      Athietis. Where, may I ask, did you get that little gem of propaganda? Scriptural proof please.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-02-25 10:59

      If you think muslims are peaceful, think again.

  • Khotso Sarele - 2014-02-25 06:55

    just get used to the fact that people will keep fighting fo various reasons no matter you found thdm worthy or not.

  • drsparky - 2014-02-25 07:42

    If I was a god that created everything, I will be pretty pissed if my creations start killing my other creations. All my hard work... and here you come and destroy it! Therefore, by extension, the first test of your "faith": If you kill for the glory of your religion, your religion (or version of religion) is WRONG. Fullstop.

  • Langa Kapueja - 2014-02-25 07:56

    Wouldn't some of our local believers love to go and join in the fun and games. It will be the easiest war ever fought when the squard will be protected by the holy al-everything armour of the crazy gods who love you to death. Amazing Disgrace!!!

  • Sandile E Mchunu - 2014-02-25 08:11

    CAR is becoming uncontrollable and is getting worse.the UN might interfere obvious if UN start to be involved RSA will be amongst the countries will be under UN.wonder what will happen when our soldiers meet again with Seleka Rebel...thnkng....

      Sandile E Mchunu - 2014-02-25 08:56

      But its getting worse and people are dying that's the only way to stop the killing of people is for UN to interfere with more peace keepers....

  • CliveK - 2014-02-25 08:35

    Barbaric. Christian leaders must condemn this unequivocally.

  • Adam Botshelo - 2014-02-25 08:36

    Looks like the crusades are back, and this time they've got guns, and they are black, shyte.

  • Carl Harding - 2014-02-25 08:40

    How come the media was silent when Mulsims were killing Christians while CAR was under Muslim control? The hypocrisy is wonderful

      Carl Harding - 2014-02-26 09:24

      I wouldn't know, I'm not christian.

  • Valentine Masina - 2014-02-25 09:16

    Let them die... they always kill. He that kills with the sword shall be killed by it. Full Stop. I dont support Killing but this is Karma. It always comes back to you

  • Phillip M Seopa - 2014-02-25 10:47

    That's good news

  • Johnny B Goode - 2014-02-25 12:17

    Religion. It has given us hope in a world torn apart by religion. They cut you with a knife and then sell you the band aid. Over and over again. Sigh.

  • karen.r.tannahill - 2014-02-25 12:20

    @Louise-Roger Higham. I don't understand this free will thing. Thousands of babies and innocents are murdered in the name of your religions. In wars that mean nothing to them. Why do your various gods allow this. Your Gods are supposed to be omnipotent. They get given all the credit for working so called miracles, yet no blame when innocents are savaged in their names.

      Johnny B Goode - 2014-02-25 12:32

      Interesting to note that when Moses came down Table Mountain with the 10 Commandments the people were worshipping a statue of a golden bull. Needless to say thou shalt not kill went out the window with 'ol Moe commanding brother to slay brother. God didn't mind that though or... He doesn't exist and people use the word god to give credence to thei own infantile desires. Fear and love,the two most basic human emotions has an ugly face. And a beard apparently.

  • karen.r.tannahill - 2014-02-25 12:20

    @Louise-Roger Higham. I don't understand this free will thing. Thousands of babies and innocents are murdered in the name of your religions. In wars that mean nothing to them. Why do your various gods allow this. Your Gods are supposed to be omnipotent. They get given all the credit for working so called miracles, yet no blame when innocents are savaged in their names.

  • Judith Mellet - 2014-02-25 13:19

    It always amuses me that self-confessed ATHEISTS are absolutely passionate about God. They incessantly tout their non-belief, yet obsessively haunt every discussion about God; they sniff for every whiff of religion and then become the most zealous contributor to that discussion. As I laugh up my sleeve, I do wonder whether their fervent, albeit denialst, participation in every deity-related discussion is perhaps because they are trying as hard to convince THEMSELVES that God does not exist.

      Mpho Mohale - 2014-02-25 14:36

      no, just like chirstion every where, they like to help you see what they dont see!hahahahaha

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