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CAR: 22 killed in fresh outbreak of violence between rival militias

Clashes between rival armed militias in Central African Republic)

In the last three days, clashes between rival armed militias in the town of Zemio in southeastern Central African Republic has claimed no less than 22 lives in fresh outbreak of violence.

According to a member of parliament from the area who was speaking to newsmen, the clashes between armed Fulani herders and militia members, began late on Wednesday with gunfire continuing the following day and into Friday.

About a month ago, a report by the United Nations revealed that over 100 persons have been feared dead following violent militia clashes in the Central African Republic in one week.

Read also: Over 100 killed in CAR militia violence, UN says

The UN also expressed “grave alarm” over the spread of fighting fueled by ethnic and religious rivalries at the time.

According to a warning by a UN high commissioner for human rights, the violence in areas previously spared major bloodshed was “highly worrying”.

The violence in CAR represents a new escalation in a conflict that began in 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters seized power and ousted then-president Francois Bozize, prompting reprisal killings from Christian anti-Balaka militias.

 

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