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Tensions high in Central African Republic after nighttime lynching

Source: Reuters - Sun, 22 Dec 2013 23:07 PM
Author: Reuters
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A lynching of a Seleka colonel overnight raises tensions in the chaotic capital of the Central African Republic.

French troops and Muslim Seleka rebels are patrolling one of the main roads in Bangui.

Residents, though, say they've been left in the dark.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) MARIEN, RESIDENT OF COMBATTANT NEIGHBORHOOD, SAYING:

"The Seleka barricaded the road, and they said "no" to the French army. And at this moment in time the French army is 300 meters from the Seleka coalition and they haven't done anything yet. We are afraid. We are afraid and we don't know what's going on at the moment."

Seleka rebels blame the lynching on the Christian militia anti-Balaka.

Recent violence has been heard in the city's PK12 neighborhood and beyond.

It wasn't immediately clear who started the fighting, or how many people were injured overnight.

One resident says the Seleka rebels started shooting to scare the population.

(SOUNDBITE)(French) PATRICK AMBOUADEN, PK12 RESIDENT, SAYING:

"It's not the anti-Balaka, it's the Seleka who massacred people, they massacred everyone, even women, women and children. The Seleka have committed killings everywhere up to even Lando and PK13. But we haven't seen the anti-Balaka."

The conflict has displaced more than 700,000 people.

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