#AceWorldNews – BANGUI – April 04 – Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market on March 29 in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the UN human rights office as saying on Friday.
Local officials and aid workers had previously put the death toll to at least 10, with 30 wounded. Chadian soldiers have been at the heart of African efforts to stabilize CAR, but have been accused of siding with the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.
Their seizure of power last year sparked tit-for-tat violence with Christian militia.
#AceWorldNews says a senior UN humanitarian official warned on Thursday of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic. The country descended into chaos last year after a Muslim rebel coalition, Séléka, seized power. A wave of killings and looting in turn sparked revenge attacks by the “anti-balaka” Christian militia. The crisis was foreseen, avoidable and produced by the international community’s neglect over many years, Reuters quoted John Ging, director of operations for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as saying. Without a massive scaling up in the international response to the crisis, a genocide is possible, the official said.