50 killed in militia clashes in Central Africa town
Published : Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 at 11:16 AM Count : 205
Clashes between rival armed groups in Bria, a strategic town in eastern Central African Republic, have left dozens dead, a senior official said on Tuesday, reports AFP.
“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 The armed groups have withdrawn their men from the town centre and displaced people have started to return,” he said.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.
Bria is the main town in a diamond-rich region. Violence erupted there at the weekend between “ethnic groups”, Vladimir Monteiro, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in CAR, said on Sunday.