Chadian soldiers killed in Central African Republic clash, civilian toll hits 50   2013-12-27 04:43:13            

YAOUNDE, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Eight Chadian soldiers of the peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (MISCA) were killed in the past two days, including six slain on Christmas day, local police reported on Thursday.

At least 50 civilians have been killed in the clash this week in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic and their bodies have been found, according to Red Cross sources.

The Chadian soldiers died in attacks by anti-Balakas fighters, who have been fighting with ex-rebel Seleka for months since former president Francois Bozize was replaced by Michel Djotodia in March, Col. Christian Narkoyo, head of the mobile gendarmerie, told Xinhua on telephone.

The pro-Bozize Christians of anti-Balakas accused Chadians of siding with Muslim-dominated Seleka, which was officially dissolved not long ago by Djotodia in a bid to replace the loose coalition of former rebels with a national army.

Ex-Seleka fighters, some linked to looting, summary execution and other forms of violence, are still reportedly involved in ongoing fighting.

This is the second time foreign soldiers have been killed this Month. Two French soldiers lost their lives days after France sent troops to Central African Republic to help restore peace and order on Dec. 5. French soldiers were accused of sympathizing with Christian fighters by Djotodia's government.

The UN Security Council has authorized the intervention by French troops and MISCA after hundreds of people were reportedly killed in clashes between supporters of Bozize and ex-Seleka fighters, sparking fears of a repetition of the 1994 Rwanda massacre.

Editor: yan
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