At least 20 killed as army, rebels clash in Central African Republic

Bangui – At least 20 people were killed over three days of fighting between soldiers and rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR), a local legislator said on Thursday.

A local legislator Aubin Amadou said rebels from the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC), a fraction group from mainly a Muslim Seleka militia, had been attacking army positions in the northern town of Bambari since Monday.

According to a legislator on Thursday, the rebels continued to occupy public buildings including the gendarmerie, the police station, the prefecture and a local radio station.

Amadou added that about 40,000 residents fled the town of 90,000 because of the conflict, where many had been burned down and shops looted.

Medical aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres said they attended to the wounded, 17 of them since Monday.

CAR is diamond-rich however has remained poverty-stricken nation, hampered to by the crisis that hit the country since late 2012, when violence broke out between Muslim and Christian rebel groups.

After a period of stability was seen in 2016 but fighting erupted again in early 2017 in various towns across the country.

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