At least 22 people have been killed in two days of clashes in Central African Republic, witnesses said on Tuesday, as foreign troops struggle to curb cycles of violence between Muslim and Christian communities.
Two people were killed and several others were wounded Friday when gunfire erupted during protests in Bangui calling for the resignation of the interim government, witnesses and a military source said.
Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday, a military source said.
French peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic using helicopter gunships and mortars fought Muslim rebels on Saturday at a bridge in the town of Bambari northeast of the capital Bangui, a Reuters witness said.
Chadian soldiers sent to repatriate their compatriots from the Central African Republic opened fire on residents in Bangui, killing at least eight people, the African peacekeeping force MISCA said Sunday.
Small bands of youths have taken up stations on the roads into their home districts of the violence-ridden Central African capital Bangui, ready to warn residents of the arrival of looters and armed gangs.