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POST TIME: 29 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
50 killed in militia clashes in C Africa
AFP, Bangui

50 killed in militia clashes in C Africa

Clashes between rival armed groups in Bria, a strategic town in Central African Republic, have left dozens dead yesterday. “There are about 50 dead. Some bodies were immediately buried by relatives, so it is difficult to give a precise figure,” said the prefect of Haute-Kotto department, Evariste Binguinidji. After mediation with UN peacekeeping forces sent to the area, “the town is calm. The armed groups have withdrawn their men from the town centre and displaced people have started to return,” he said.

The clashes are the latest test to a nearly year-old agreement aimed at bringing peace to the CAR. Deeply impoverished despite its mineral wealth, the CAR has been in the grip of militia violence since 2013.