West & Central Africa

50 people killed by Islamic militia in Central African Republic

The Muslim Seleka movement has killed about 50 people in the Central African Republic, a local resident, according to eye witness reports.

Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who escaped from Yasseneme village, said on Wednesday that the attackers, “fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants.”
Another resident, Isaac Arata-Naba, an Agoudou Manga resident, corroborating the report, said, “The provisional toll of the attacks in the predominantly christian communities of Agoudou Manga, Yasseneme and Ngouyanza is at least 50 dead. Dozens more have been injured.”

Tchoulekrayo said the attacks were staged by members of the UPC, a faction of the former rebel and mainly Muslim Seleka movement “which is continuing to stage reprisal attacks” in the region against Christians and christian communities.

The Unity of Central African People group however, has denied any involvement in the attacks. A source from the militia group said a rival Seleka faction, “ the Popular Front for the Rebirth of the Central African Republic had raided the villages.”

The Central African Republic’s three-year protracted civil war between the Muslim and Christian militias that started in 2013 and has destroyed over many villages and killed about 10,000 people an displaced nearly half a million.

Marie-Therese Keita-Bocoum,  UN expert on Central Africa,  in February declared that “armed groups have taken over more than 60 percent of the country.”