CAR govt says 61 dead, 300 hurt in month

2015-10-05 21:00
An Anti-Balaka Christian is cared for by French troops and African Union peacekeepers at the PK11 checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Jerome Delay, AP)

An Anti-Balaka Christian is cared for by French troops and African Union peacekeepers at the PK11 checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Jerome Delay, AP)

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Bangui - More than 60 people died and 300 were hurt in several days of clashes in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui late last month, the government said on Monday.

Earlier estimates put the number of fatalities at about 40.

"The latest toll from the violence established by hospital sources is 61 dead and 300 hurt," said a statement from the minister of public safety, Dominique Said Panguindji.

The violence began on September 26 after the murder of a Muslim driver and then spread to several districts of the city before French troops and UN peacekeepers restored calm.

Protesters threw up roadblocks and demanded the resignation of country's interim president, Catherine Samba Panza, who was attending the UN General Assembly in New York. More than 30 000 people were forced from their homes.

After rushing home, Samba Panza said those behind the violence had been trying to stage a coup.

In remarks broadcast on national radio on October 1, she denounced "an orchestrated manipulation by part of the population" to incite people "to rise up and resurrect sectarian conflicts".

The country was shaken in late 2013 by months-long violence between Christians and Muslims, triggered by the ousting of the then president Francois Bozize, a Christian, by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

UN rights investigators said earlier this year that estimates of between 3 000 and 6 000 dead in that bout of fighting failed to capture "the full magnitude of the killing".

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