BANGUI: The Central African Republic’s interim president accused armed groups yesterday of seeking to destabilise her government, as two people were shot dead by Burundian peacekeepers in a second day of violent protests in Bangui.
Tensions have soared in the capital after gunmen attacked a church in its Fatima neighbourhood on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and abducting 27 others, according to UN officials.
Thousands marched through the centre of Bangui yesterday to demand the resignation of Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza and the withdrawal of the Burundian contingent of an African Union peacekeeping mission, accused by the city’s Christian majority of favouring Muslims. In an address to the nation, Samba-Panza promised that those responsible for Wednesday’s attack would not go unpunished.
“Inter-community hatred is being exploited shamelessly by the enemies of peace who want to trigger another transition government and who are sparing no effort to undermine the actions of current transitional authorities to reconcile Christians and Muslims,” she said.