• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

17 perish as rebels clash in Africa

AT least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic.

Three people were also wounded in the clashes in the rebel stronghold of Bambari, rebel spokesman Captain Ahamat Najat said.

The former French colony has been gripped by violence since Seleka, a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels and some fighters from neighbouring Chad and Sudan, seized power in March 2013.

Their rule was marked by abuses that prompted a backlash from the Christian militia. Violence continued after the resignation of Seleka leader Michel Djotodia as president in January.

Most Muslims have fled the south of the country in the face of violence, creating a de facto partition. Some members of the Seleka leadership have pushed for this to be formalised.

Around 2,000 French and 6,000 African Union peacekeepers are in the country but have struggled to help the weak transitional government.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.