Bangui - The United Nations says several thousand people have been forced to flee their homes after days of fighting in the Central African Republic town of Bambari.
The UN refugee agency representative Kouassi Lazare Etien said in a statement on Thursday that new fighting between rival militias since August 20 has killed at least 10 people and injured others.
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Etien says recent fighting began after a 19-year-old Muslim was beheaded by alleged members of anti-Balaka, a Christian militia. He says thousands who had returned to their Bambari homes amid reconciliation efforts and improved security, were now fearful.
He said the agency is also worried about hundreds of Sudanese refugees who are in a camp near Bambari.
Central African Republic has been rocked by deadly violence between Muslims and Christians since 2013.