71 killed in Cen­tral Africa fight­ing

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

LI­BRE­VILLE: Seven­ty­one peo­ple, in­clud­ing 65 rebels, were killed last week in clashes be­tween in­sur­gents and govern­ment troops in northeastern Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic, a CAR spokesman said Thurs­day.

"Af­ter the vi­o­lent clashes be­tween the two camps, the CAR mil­i­tary re­gained con­trol of the town of Bi­rao," CAR govern­ment spokesman Fidele Ngouand­jika said in a state­ment read over state ra­dio in Bangui.

"Govern­ment troops suf­fered six dead, 65 rebels were killed and there was ma­jor ma­te­rial dam­age," he added, stressing that there were no civil­ian fa­tal­i­ties.

But the rebel Con­ven­tion of Pa­tri­ots for Jus­tice and Peace (CPJP) dis­missed the toll pro­vided by the govern­ment, say­ing it was not in a po­si­tion to pro­vide a pre­cise tally.

"This toll is in­ac­cu­rate. The Cha­dian army, along with CAR govern­ment troops, are cur­rently hunt­ing CPJP el­e­ments," CPJP spokesman Be­var­rah Lala said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Li­bre­ville. -Afp

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