Rebel Clashes in Central African Republic Town Leave 26 Dead

At least 26 people died on Tuesday as armed groups clashed over control of a town in the northwest of the Central African Republic.

Militia members clashed in Markounda, about 530 kilometers (330 miles) north of the capital, Bangui, for about two hours, Herve Bilal, head of the sub-prefecture, said by phone. The violence was between so-called Seleka rebels who overthrew former President Francois Bozize in 2013 and supporters of a movement called Revolution-Justice, he said.

Spokesmen for the groups confirmed the fighting. A regional Seleka troops commander, Ali Nour, said by phone his fighters had chased members of Revolution-Justice from Markounda.

The Central African Republic has been gripped by lawlessness since Bozize’s ouster. The takeover was marked by the widespread killing of civilians, which triggered revenge killings from rival militia.

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