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Protests after deadly attack on church in Central African Republic


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Protests after deadly attack on church in Central African Republic

There have been angry protests in Bangui as youths set up barricades and burned tyres following an attack on a Catholic church in the Central African Republic’s capital.

African Union peacekeepers rushed to secure the scene around the Our Lady of Fatima church on Wednesday, after another apparent massacre.

At least 11 people were killed – some reports put the figure much higher – when Muslim gunmen reportedly threw grenades and sprayed the courtyard with bullets.

Thousands of Christians fleeing the violence have been sheltering in the compound.

Earlier there had been clashes between Christian militia and Muslim residents.

As dusk fell, a helicopter from France’s peacekeeping mission flew overhead.

The attack was the worst on Christians since Muslim Seleka rebels were ousted from power in January.

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