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Four dead after grenade attack on Bangui peace show

Four people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in a grenade attack on a concert in Central African capital Bangui.

The attack, on Saturday evening, saw two men on a motorbike throw grenades into the On the Crossroads of Peace café, where a concert organised to build bridges between Bangui’s Muslim and Christian communities was taking place, reports news agency Reuters.

The Central African Republic has been racked by sectarian violence since 2012, with the UN’s 12,000-strong MINUSCA peacekeeping mission caught in the middle of fighting between the largely Muslim Séléka group and Christian anti-balaka militias.

The café is located near the PK5 area of Bangui – a Muslim enclave in a mostly Christian city – and a number of people were killed later that evening in revenge attacks. “They were two motorcycle-taxi drivers and a young man who was walking in the neighbourhood,” a local resident tells AFP. “They are innocents”.

 


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