Bangui - African peacekeepers trying to stabilise Central
African Republic say they are in control of a town where hundreds of heavily
armed rebels have massed not far from the capital.
Spokesperson Martin Tumenta Chomou said on Saturday that
the regional peacekeeping force has secured the town of Sibut, located 180km
from the volatile capital.
The arrival of the rebels in Sibut mid-week had raised
alarm about their intentions amid fears they could use the town as a base to
stage another coup in Bangui, the capital.
Most of the rebels are Muslims from the distant north,
who overthrew the government last March and later were accused of scores of
atrocities against the Christian majority in the capital.
Revenge killings continue as a new interim government is