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C. African Republic journalist killed in fighting

May 1, 2014

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A local reporter died of his wounds Thursday in Central African Republic as the nation remains torn by sectarian violence, colleagues said.

The death is believed to be the first of a journalist since sectarian violence erupted in December.

Desire Sayenga died early Thursday after being shot twice and left for dead on Tuesday, said Brice Oundagnon, a colleague at their newspaper Le Democrat.

Another local journalist, Rene Padou, was wounded in a separate attack and remained in critical condition Thursday.

Last December, Christian militants known as anti-Balaka stormed the capital to overthrow the Muslim rebel government, which stepped down in January.

Reprisal attacks on Muslim civilians accused of having collaborated with the rebel government have continued despite the deployment of French and regional peacekeepers. cleansing.”

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