Central African Republic: Ten dead as Chadian troops open fire on Bangui civilians

(Reuters) – At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when Chadian troops opened fire on civilians in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, officials said on Sunday.

The troops were driving into the city, scarred by religious conflict over the past year, to escort a convoy of Muslims back to Chad, having earlier crossed the countries’ border some 500 km (300 miles) to the north in about 15 army vehicles.

“When they got to the PK12 neighborhood, they suddenly started shooting. People panicked and started running and ducking for cover,” said Sebastien Wenezoui, a spokesman for the country’s Christian militia, the anti-balaka.

Saturday’s shooting was the latest in a string of violent incidents involving Chadian troops, who the anti-balaka accuse of siding with Muslims and Seleka rebels and preying upon the local Christian population…

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