February 5, 2014

BRUTAL! Central African Republic Soldiers Lynch Seleka Rebel

The victim's body was dragged on the streets in Bangui and then set on fire
The victim’s body was dragged on the streets in Bangui and then set on fire

Central African Republic soldiers have lynched a man accused of being a rebel, eyewitnesses allege, as violence continues to afflict the nation.

The man was stabbed and beaten to death and then his body burned in the capital, Bangui.

It happened just moments after interim President Catherine Samba-Panza finished speaking at an army ceremony.

Separately, reports say rebels from the Seleka group are trying to re-group in the north-east of the country.

The militants were engaging in “a new wave of horrific attacks against civilians”, Human Rights Watch said. It added that in some cases Seleka were being helped by Chadian peacekeepers.

The Central African Republic – one of Africa’s poorest nations – has descended into religious violence since Seleka seized power in a coup last March.

Thousands of people have been killed in since then.

The violence between the mostly Muslim rebel group and Christian militias – widely knows as anti-balaka (anti-machete) – has continued even though President Samba-Panza was inaugurated last month and Seleka leader Michel Djotodia resigned as part of regional efforts to stabilise the country.

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