Bangui - At least seven
people were killed in the capital of Central African Republic on Sunday
during heavy fighting between forces who seized power last month and
armed youths loyal to the president they ousted, a doctor and a resident
A Reuters correspondent said
heavy and small arms fire rang out in Bangui's Boy-Rabe neighborhood on
Sunday morning before easing off just after 0900 EST. Three of the dead
were killed when a shell landed on a church.
Djotodia seized power last month when he swept through the mineral-rich
but isolated country with thousands of rebels, forcing President
Francois Bozize to flee.
Moussa Dhaffane, who said he was acting as a government spokesman, said
Sunday's fighting erupted after the forces patrolled through the
neighborhood, which is a stronghold for pro-Bozize youths who were armed
during the rebel advance.
Guetinzia, head of the Bangui's Community Hospital, said the toll of
seven killed was provisional as wounded were still being brought in to
A grouping of five
rebel movements, known as Seleka, launched its insurgency in early
December, accusing former president Bozize of reneging on a 2007 peace
Djotodia was elected
president on Saturday by an acting parliament and has named a civilian
prime minister. But regional powers have refused to recognize him as
president and called for a return to civilian rule within 18 months.