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Red Cross: 30 dead in CAR capital

31 January 2014, 19:09

Bangui - The International Committee of the Red Cross says at least 30 people have been killed in Central African Republic's volatile capital over the last three days.

Nadia Dibsy, a spokesperson for the ICRC in Bangui, said on Friday that the capital is now experiencing "unprecedented levels of violence”.

An AP journalist on Wednesday saw the bodies of two men who had been hacked to death with machetes and mutilated.

The spike in violence comes even as 1 600 French troops and 5 000 African peacekeepers try to stabilise the country.

A political crisis sparked by a March 2013 coup has ignited violence between the Muslim rebels who seized power and the majority Christian population.

Now that the rebels no longer hold power, the Christians are attacking Muslim civilians.

- AP


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