Two protesters killed in CAR capital in escalations in violence

Two people were killed during anti-government protests in the Central African Republic on Friday following a wave of violent clashes across the capital Bangui.

Troops and police fired warning shots in a bid to stop thousands of protesters who had gathered in different parts of Bangui on Friday calling for the interim government to resign, witnesses and military sources told AFP.

They were also demanding the removal of the Burundian contingent of the African peacekeeping forces amid charges it has permitted attacks on Christians.

Meanwhile, the United Nations increased the toll from a deadly attack on a church in Bangui on Wednesday and said 27 people had been kidnapped.

The attack on Notre Dame de Fatima church “has resulted in the deaths of at least 17 displaced people and 27 civilians reportedly abducted by assailants who drove them to an unknown location,” said Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokeswoman for the UN’s refugee agency in Geneva.

“We have no idea where they have taken them.”

Among those killed was the priest at the church, where thousands of displaced people had sought refuge, according to police and military sources.

“The attackers, who arrived on pick-up trucks in the early afternoon, threw grenades into the church ground before opening fire on people, using small arms. A priest was killed during the attack while two children and two adults susccumbed to their injuries on Thursday,” said Lejeune-Kaba…


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