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5 die in resurgence of violence in Central African Republic

September 26, 2015

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Residents say violence returned to a neighborhood of Central African Republic’s capital.

A hospital worker said Saturday that at least five people were killed and more than 20 injured by gunfire and stabbings in Bangui’s PK5 neighborhood. The worker spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

A Muslim group spokesman, Ousmane Abakar, said the violence was in retaliation for the death of a young Muslim man.

Sebastien Wenezoui of the Christian anti-Balaka militia said the group was not responsible for the man’s death and called for peace.

Central African Republic has been rocked by violence since the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition toppled the president in 2013. Human rights abuses led to the formation of the anti-Balaka.

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