Chadian soldiers have shot dead at least eight people in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui, the African peacekeeping force MISCA said Sunday.
The incident happened on Saturday when some Chadian soldiers "opened fire on residents of the northern neighbourhoods (in Bangui), leaving at least eight people dead and several wounded," an officer with MISCA who requested anonymity told AFP.
"We don't know at present what led to the firing on the residents... but we are trying to gather information to find out what exactly happened," he said, adding that the number of dead and wounded could be higher.
AFP contacted by phone several residents of the mainly Christian neighbourhoods who said the Chadian soldiers "were firing in all directions" causing panic as people tried to flee from the assault.
Chad is one of the country’s supplying soldiers to the 6,000-strong MISCA mission, sent to CAR in an effort stop an outbreak of inter-religious violence that erupted when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.
Muslims have since become the target of revenge attacks by mostly Christian “anti-balaka militia” after the rebels were ousted from power in January, with the resulting bloodshed causing thousands to flee the country.
Incidents between anti-balaka and Chadian troops occur frequently in Bangui, with the latter accused of conspiring with the ex-Seleka rebels, some of whom came from Chad.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2014-03-30