At Least 55 Killed In Central Africa Republic Battles

Reuters, Bangui

At least 55 people were killed in clashes over the weekend between gunmen loyal to Central African Republic’s former president and the ex-rebels who ousted him, the government and a regional peacekeeper said today.

The fighting took place on Saturday and Sunday around Bossangoa, in former President Francois Bozize’s home region, about 300 km north of the capital.

“The defence forces lost five men, and there have been more than 50 killed among the assailants and civilians,” said Guy Simplice Kodegue, spokesman for the government.

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