Bangui - Tensions are rising in the capital of Central
African Republic (CAR) a day after Muslim rebels attacked Christians sheltering
at a Catholic church.
The Wednesday attack left scores dead and prompted fears
of reprisal attacks.
Residents say youth later destroyed a mosque in the
neighbourhood of Lakouanga in retaliation.
On Thursday, a French helicopter buzzed overhead and
foreign peacekeepers fired warning shots as they patrolled the city.
Thousands of people also marched in another part of
Bangui, shouting slogans against the peacekeeping forces they say have failed
to protect them.
CAR exploded into sectarian violence back in December, though
the capital had seen weeks of relative calm before the church attack.
Most of the violence this year has been Christian militia
fighters targeting Muslim civilians.