Violent clashes claim 28 lives in CAR

Violent clashes claim 28 lives in CAR

Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:46PM GMT

Violent clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have left at least 28 people dead.

The clashes erupted on Tuesday in the centre of Mbres, located 300 kilometers from the capital, Bangui, a police official said on Thursday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Red Cross official also noted that 28 people were killed and dozens were injured in the fighting.

The incident came one week after Amnesty International held the United Nations and CAR authorities responsible for the ongoing deadly unrest in the crisis-hit country.

The London-based rights group further warned that the failure to investigate the atrocities committed by armed groups in the landlocked African country has led to more bloodshed there.

CAR descended into chaos when armed Christian groups launched coordinated attacks against the mostly Muslim Seleka group that toppled the government last March.

Dozens of people have reportedly been killed and many wounded in clashes in the country over the past months.

In December 2013, France invaded its former colony after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution giving the African Union and Paris the go-ahead to send troops to the country.

However, foreign troops have so far failed to contain the violence in CAR.

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