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Ex-Seleka chief of general staff killed in Central African Republic

English.news.cn   2013-12-11 22:10:55            

YAOUNDE, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The ex-chief of general staff in charge of operations for Seleka, Gen. Mahamat Saleh, was killed in a French operation in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, the country's national gendarmerie chief Michel Narkoyo told Xinhua Wednesday on telephone.

"Saleh was killed with his two body guards while they were driving in his car to Miskine zone. It was yesterday morning (Tuesday) at around 11 a.m. (local time). They all died instantly. Two other army officials who were in the car were injured and are currently in hospital," said Narkoyo, who served as the spokesman for the ex-rebel Seleka coalition before it was officially dissolved.

The tragedy, just like the death of two French soldiers during an intervention in Bangui on Monday evening, shows the existing tension and mistrust in the city since the UN Security Council authorized French and African troops to help restore order in the country.

The French intervention was supposed to help bring peace and stability to Central African Republic, which was plunged in chaos after the capture of power by Michel Djotodia's Seleka on March 24.

Paris has declared the deployment of 1,600 soldiers in its former colony alongside the 2,500-strong International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA), which is under the mandate of the African Union (AU).

On Monday, French troops launched an operation to disarm militias, including ex-Seleka fighters and those loyal to former president Francois Bozize.

During the disarmament operation, exchange of fire was reported between French soldiers and armed men. Narkoyo and other former Seleka officials accuse the operation of mainly targeting the ex- rebels.

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YAOUNDE, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- More than 20 people have died in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, since Monday following the launch of the operation to disarm armed groups and militias by the French army, according to ex-Seleka official Col. Michel Narkoyo.

The deaths include five ex-fighters of Seleka, a coalition which toppled the former regime in March, and civilians, Narkoyo told Xinhua on telephone on Tuesday in an interview, saying the French military intervention was a failure.  Full story

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