Central African Republic: 100 people killed in clashes between Anti-Balaka Christian militia and FPRC Muslim rebels
The mayor of a Central African Republic (CAR) town says at least 100 people are dead after heavy fighting broke out in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome.
Bria Mayor Maurice Balekouzou also said Wednesday that several dozen wounded have been brought to the hospital run by aid group Doctors Without Borders.
However, the local Catholic mission says the death toll could be higher because it has been too dangerous for Red Cross teams to recover bodies from the streets.
Wracked by civil war, CAR is a country teetering on the edge of becoming a failed state. As CBS News’ Allen Pizzey reported a year and a half ago, half a million of the country’s people have become refugees in neighboring nations, and a similar number are huddled in squalid camps inside CAR, dependent on food aid and the protection of U.N. peacekeepers and 900 French troops.