2 killed in CAR clashes

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

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.

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