At least 12 people were killed in Central
African Republic in fighting between two
factions of a former rebel group in the centre
of the town of Bambari, medical and local
sources said on Tuesday.
Insecurity has persisted since President
Faustin-Archange Touadéra was sworn in in
March, after an election intended to draw a
line under inter-communal and inter-religious
violence that involved the mainly Muslim
Seleka rebels and anti-balaka militia began in
The fighting on Monday started when a local
businessman was murdered. It involved
members of the Union for Peace in Central
Africa, which is part of the Seleka, according to
the mayor of Bambari Abel Matchipata, who
said between 15 and 20 people were killed.
Soldiers from Mauritania and Burundi who
form part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission,
MINUSCA, restored calm, Matchipata said.
“We have received 14 wounded, of whom six
are serious, and they were evacuated to
Bangui this morning. According to our
information, there were that many wounded
on the field of combat,” the director of the
hospital in Bambari told Reuters.
An official for the national Red Cross society,
who declined to be named, said 20 people had
The U.N. mission declared Bambari a non-
armed zone in 2014. But this has not stopped
sporadic clashes in the town, northeast of the
Two people also died when a young man who
had been arguing with friends in the mainly
Muslim PK-5 neighbourhood of Bangui threw a
grenade, Ibrahim Hassan Frede, spokesman of
an association that coordinates Muslims in the
area, told Reuters.
A dozen others were wounded in the attack, he