Saturday, March 29, 2014

11 Killed in Central African Republic Grenade Attack
A convoy of regional troops in the Central African Republic in March 2014.
TVC NEWS [BANGUI]- No fewer than 11 persons were killed in a grenade attack on a funeral in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, the Red Cross says.

Although a government minister earlier said 20 people were killed, sources hinted TVC NEWS the number was lower. Local residents blame the attack on former fighters from the Seleka militia.

It would be recalled that the country has been hit by civil conflict since Seleka rebels ousted the president in March 2013.

Plane land at Bangui airport, where some 100,000 people have sought protection Some 100,000 people have sought the protection of peacekeepers based at Bangui's main airport

The attack happened at around 23:00 on Thursday (22:00 GMT), Public Security Minister Denis Wangao Kizimale told national radio.

Mr Kizimale told local radio that the attackers were "extremists well-known to the police", according to the AFP news agency.

TVC NEWS reliably gathered that CAR's Red Cross head Antoine Mbao Bogo confirmed that in addition to the 11 deaths, 14 people were wounded.

He also said that Red Cross volunteers were mugged by unidentified armed men on their way to collect bodies and had their phones stolen.

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