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Lynchings and religious violence increase in conflict-torn Central African Republic

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Lynchings and religious violence increase in conflict-torn Central African Republic

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Rwandan peace keepers have shot dead a member of a crowd that lynched two Muslims on Sunday in the capital of the Central African Republic.

Over the weekend, at least nine people were killed as violence rages between the majority Christian population and Muslims.

Both sides are continuing to justify tit-for-tat killings between the two communities.

“At night, a man killed five people and in the morning he came and killed our sister. That’s why we went to complain to the local authorities, but we were not given any extra protection. And even this morning the man came back and shot at us again. That is why we went to attack him and burnt down his house,” explained a local Christian man after one of the lynchings.

The presence of 1,600 French soldiers and 5,000 African troops has failed to stop the violence, despite the confiscation and destruction of seized weapons.

The Christians accuse the Muslims of having links to Seleka rebels who took power last year and embarked on a ten-month occupation marked by alleged torture and murder.