More mob violence in CAR

2013-12-14 17:34
(Photo: Sia Kambou, AFP)

(Photo: Sia Kambou, AFP)

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Bangui - Sectarian tensions rose in the Central African Republic on Saturday even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead.

A mob hacked a Muslim motorcyclist to death in Bangui not far from the airport on Saturday and moments later residents brandished the man's cut-off hands.

Another man was wounded in the violence and sought refuge at a nearby French military base.

Muslim and Christian leaders have called for calm and launched joint operations, distributing food and holding religious services that include the members of the other community.
The leader of the Islamic Committee of the Central African Republic, Imam Oumar Kobin Layama, at the Combattant mosque near where the Muslim motorcyclist was lynched, condemned the murder.

Messengers of peace

"Innocent Muslims are paying the price," he said. "They are angry in the PK-5", the Muslim business district, "especially younger people" who he said must be made aware of the consequences of violence.

Calling for the respect of human rights after a meeting with Christian leaders he said: "We are calling for calm. The country must not go up in flames.

"We must not give back as we were given."

UN chief Ban urged religious and community leaders to act as messengers of peace to help end the violence tearing apart communities who have long lived together in peace.

"Do not allow the voices of hatred to sow division where none existed before," he said in a radio message late on Friday.
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