Hundreds of prisoners escape from CAR prison


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Hundreds of prisoners have escaped from a prison in the Central African Republic on Monday evening after the country was hit with a new wave of sectarian violence.

Conflict between a Christian militia called the anti-Balaka and the Muslim rebel group known as the Seleka has left at least 30 people dead since renewed fighting on Saturday. A Muslim taxi driver was listed among the dead, which sparked violence.

This is coming less than a month to general elections in the country which is scheduled for October.

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) stated that three teenagers have been killed with one of them beheaded since the resumption of hostilities on Saturday, the BBC reported.

The Christian-Muslim conflict in the country became more intense when the Seleka seized power in March 2013 and were in-turn overthrown by the anti-Baleka.

This led to a backlash against the Muslim population by the anti-Baleka which forced thousands of the Muslims to flee their homes.

The renewed hostilities have forced Interim President Catherine Samba Panza to cut short her trip to the 70th United Nations General Assembly to be able to handle situations at home.



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