CAR rebel attack death toll rises to 40
09 October 2013, 11:34
Bangui - The death toll of victims killed during renewed
clashes between Muslim rebels of the Seleka coalition and Christian vigilante
groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) has risen to at least 40,
witnesses said on Tuesday.
The attacks took place overnight Monday into Tuesday in the
villages of Gaga in Ouham district and Yaloke in neighbouring Ombella M'Poko
district, roughly 200km north-west of the capital, Bangui.
"Most of those killed were civilians. They were hit by
bullets of the Seleka rebels," a resident of Yaloke told dpa on condition
At least 50 civilians were injured.
"We don't have enough staff to assist the wounded and
appeal to government and international partners to provide aid," said a
health official at the local hospital in Yaloke, who did not want to be named.
"Many others have gone into hiding," he added.
Although CAR President Michel Djotodia disbanded the Seleka
coalition in mid-September, a group he had headed during the December 2012
rebellion, the rebels have been refusing to disarm.
Under Djotodia's command, the rebels toppled former
president Francois Bozize in March. They also plunged the country into a
humanitarian crisis that has displaced almost 300 000 of the CAR's 4.5 million
people and killed scores of civilians.
Since Djotodia was sworn in as president in August, he has
been struggling to restore law and order in the land-locked country rich in
diamonds and gold.