Sunday, April 27, 2014

Three Aid Workers Killed in Central African Republic
Central African Republic interim President Catherine Sama-Panza.

The Associated Press
BANGUI, Central African Republic

A spokesman for the global aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres says three of its workers have been killed in Central African Republic.

Press officer Tim Shenk said Sunday that the colleagues had been killed Saturday in Nanga Boguila. The town is in the northwestern part of the country, near the border with Chad.

Shenk says the aid group, also known as Doctors Without Borders, will release more details Monday.

Central African Republic has been ripped apart by months of unprecedented violence between Christians and Muslims. The United Nations has described the forced displacement of tens of thousands of Muslims as "ethnic cleansing."

Central African Republic clash left seven dead: UN

French soldiers were on patrol in Bangui when they were shot at on Thursday

April 27, 2014
Gulf News

Bangui: Clashes between French peacekeepers deployed in the restive Central African Republic and unidentified gunmen earlier this week have left seven people dead, the UN mission in the country said Saturday.

The French soldiers were on patrol in the capital’s mainly Muslim PK5 district when they were shot at late Thursday, triggering a riposte, an official in the African peacekeeping force MISCA had said earlier.

The UN mission did not say whether anybody was wounded in the shooting but added that three houses were nearly completely destroyed in the incident.

The district’s Muslim population is “very angry with the French” after their riposte, which included helicopter support, it added.

The French army was not immediately available for comment.

A source close to the French forces had on Friday confirmed the incident but did not give a death or injury toll.

However the spokesman for the Muslim community in PK5, Abakar Moustapha, said five residents had been killed and several other people wounded.

“French soldiers were searching a house suspected to be an arms cache in the Cameroonian district (of the PK5) when they were attacked by angry youths because the Senegalese owner of the house is not in Bangui,” he said.

A spokesman for the Central African Red Cross said three people with gunshot wounds were taken to a PK5 hospital overnight Thursday.

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