BANGUI, Central African Republic: Twelve people were killed in clashes in a flashpoint Muslim-majority district in Bangui, the Central African Republic’s capital, after a grenade went off, the Red Cross said Thursday.
The UN peacekeeping mission in CAR said it had launched an investigation into the violence, which erupted on Wednesday.
The Red Cross’s account of the event was confirmed by Aouad Al Karim, imam of the Ali Babolo mosque in a business quarter of the volatile district.
Several wounded people were being treated at a Red Cross clinic.
The district, PK5, saw clashes between local militia and UN peacekeepers on April 10 that left 27 dead, including a UN soldier, and more than a hundred injured, according to hospital workers.
On May 1, religious-tinged violence spread when armed men stormed a Christian church in the middle of a service, killing worshippers and a priest.
In response, a mob burned a mosque and lynched two people believed to be Muslim.
Twenty-four people died and around 170 were injured.
The CAR is one of the world’s poorest and most volatile countries.
It plunged into bloodshed in 2013 after the country’s longtime leader Francois Bozize was ousted by a predominantly Muslim rebel alliance called the Seleka.—AFP