2 killed in CAR clashes
At least two people died in clashes between gangs and militias in Central African Republic’s capital, where peacekeepers and pressure from world powers have failed to halt more than two years of violence, witnesses said.
Mourners brought one of the bodies to Bangui’s main morgue in a cart early on Wednesday, the latest victim in a five-day outburst of fighting between Christian, Muslim and other groups, the worst the city has seen this year.
The fresh violence has raised doubts about plans to hold elections on Oct. 18, meant to restore democracy in an impoverished country at the heart one of Africa’s most combustible regions following a rebellion and years of turmoil.
One of the dead was killed in a mainly Muslim district and the other in a clash near the airport, witnesses said, without giving further details.
Officials say at least 39 people have died since Saturday, but the capital’s streets, patrolled by U.N. and French peacekeepers, appeared calmer on Wednesday.