Is­lamic rebels strike church, killing at least 16

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NAIROBI, KENYA >> Former mem­bers of a Mus­lim mili­tia killed at least 16 peo­ple in an at­tack on a church in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, rais­ing fears that on­go­ing vi­o­lence could re­turn to the cap­i­tal city.

Notre Dame of Fa­tima, a Ro­man Catholic church in the cap­i­tal, Bangui, was at­tacked Tues­day morn­ing with grenades and gun­fire by men al­lied with a rebel group once known as Seleka, an Is­lamic fac­tion whose takeover of Bangui five years ago set off the coun­try’s con­tin­u­ing con­flict.

Sev­eral thou­sand wor­ship­pers were at the church at the time, said Kessy Ekomo-Soignet, a grass­roots ac­tivist who runs a youth pro­gram in Bangui. The church’s priest, the Rev. Toun­goumale

Baba, was among the dead.

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