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.
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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