600 killed in week of C Africa violence: UNAgence France-Presse . Geneva
More than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence tearing though the Central African Republic in the past week, including 27 Muslims killed Thursday in a western village, the UN said Friday.
‘We are seeing a further deterioration in the situation in Central African Republic,’ UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said, pointing out that fighting and sectarian violence had killed 450 people in Bangui and 160 elsewhere in the country in the past week alone.
Some 159,000 people had also fled their homes in the capital, he told reporters in Geneva. The killings outside the capital, which had been tallied by the National Red Cross and Danish Refugee Council, had mainly taken place in the northwestern part of the country, he said.
Twenty-seven Muslims had been killed in a single attack by so-called self-defence militias, known as anti-Balaka, in the western village of Bohong Thursday, according to the UN’s human rights agency. ‘We condemn any attack on places of worship and on religious freedom, and urge all communities to exercise restraint,’ said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
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