Bangui: A rebel attack on a rival group and
civilians in the Central African Republic has left at least six people dead, a military official told reporters.
Rebels of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and
Peace (CPJP) fired a missile at a vehicle carrying former rebels from the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) and civilians, the official said in Bria, the country`s main diamond mining hub.
The Central African Republic has been rocked by a recent
outbreak of fighting between the rival armed groups vying for
control over diamond mines.
"A vehicle from Ouadda carrying former rebels from the
Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) and civilians,
including a Ouadda official, was attacked with a missile on
Saturday about 30 kilometres from Bria after recent fighting,"
the official said.
At least six people were killed including the Ouadda
official and several others were wounded.
The officials said the victims` bodies were in "very bad
condition and have been buried in a village near Bria".
The wounded were taken to Bria by a group of UFDR
The attack was the first since the end of violent clashes
between rival groups in the country on September 18 that
killed 43 people in a week.