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Violent clashes claim 75 lives in C. African Republic

Iran Press TV

Mon May 5, 2014 5:51PM GMT

At least 75 people have been killed and several others severely injured over the past 10 days during fighting between rival factions in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Reports say most of the victims of clashes were civilians.

Clashes erupted last Thursday in the Mala region, around 200 kilometers north of the capital Bangui.

'They kill, loot, rape and steal with impunity. There is no one to protect the population from their abuses,'media outlets quoted local residents as saying.

The CAR has long been the scene of sectarian violence commited by anti-Balaka militias. The crisis since last year has forced the minority Muslim population to abandon their homes and flee.

The deadly violence continues despite the presence of thousands of African and French troops in the country.

This comes as rights groups and international bodies have expressed serious concerns over the ongoing violence against Muslims in the war-ravaged country.

The conflict in the CAR erupted after Christian militiamen launched coordinated attacks on the mostly Muslim Seleka group, which toppled the government last March.

Christian militiamen, however, have been targeting the Muslim population as a whole.

Thousands of people have been killed in the ongoing violence across the African country in recent months

French and African peacekeepers are on the ground in the country, but they have been unable to stop the violence and even in some occasions accused of killing Muslims.

France invaded its former colony on December 5 after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution, giving the African Union and France the go-ahead to send troops to the country.

JR/AB



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