Clashes in CAR leave at least 2 dead, 10 injured

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Clashes in CAR leave at least 2 dead, 10
injured
Bangui - Fighting between armed groups
around the town of Batangafo in northern
Central African Republic have left at least
two dead and 10 wounded, aid workers
said Monday.
Seven of the wounded were admitted to a
hospital run by Doctors without Borders
(MSF) in Batangafo and three were sent to
a facility in Kabo, Sandra Smiley, with MSF in
the capital Bangui, said.
UN sources said fighting broke out on
October 24 between anti-Balaka militia - a
group that says it is defending Christians -
and another armed group, the Patriotic
Movement for Central Africa (MPC).
At least two people died in the village of
Saraghba, a few kilometres from
Batangafo, but it was too dangerous to
access the zone to get a complete toll,
concurring sources said.
Batangafo is one of many hotspots in the
violence that has gripped CAR over the past
four years.
In September, the death of a worker
employed by a humanitarian group
plunged the town into violence, leaving a
confirmed death toll of six and 28 000
people without aid.
Mired in poverty but rich in diamonds and
other minerals, CAR has been battered by a
conflict between rival militias that began
after then-president Francois Bozize was
overthrown in 2013.
Under a UN mandate, the former colonial
power France intervened to push out the
Muslim Seleka rebels who had taken over,
and the UN launched a peacekeeping
mission in 2014.
But the country remains chronically prone
to violence, with armed groups controlling
most of the country.
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, who
last week made a four-day visit to CAR, is
calling for the UN Security Council to renew
the mandate of the organisation's 10 000
peacekeepers when it expires on
November 15, and add another 900 blue
helmets.
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