CAR inmates escape in Bangui after clashes erupt

    CAR inmates escape in Bangui after clashes erupt

    Sept.29, Bangui: Hundreds of inmates at a prison in the Central African Republic (CAR) have escaped after Christian militia known as the anti-Balaka attacked the prison on Monday freeing hundreds of soldiers and militiamen. Dozens of people died in the attack.

    The clashed erupted between Christian militia and Muslim groups after a Muslim taxi driver was killed.

    According to Associated Press, at least 500 people escaped from the Ngaragba jail in the capital, Bangui on Monday evening. "There is no-one in the prison.

    Local media reported that thousands of protesters marched on the presidential palace on Monday to call for greater power for the army, which has seen its powers reduced since an interim government was installed in January 2014

    CAR has been wracked by violence since a mainly Muslim rebel group, the Seleka, seized power in March 2013.

    The Seleka group was then ousted, sparking a wave of violent reprisals against the Muslim population, thousands of whom fled their homes.

    The Oslo Times


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