Central African Republic Commander Killed by Militias

Gunmen in the Central African Republic killed a high-ranking military officer on Tuesday, sparking sectarian violence in the capital, Bangui, according to the government.

Prime Minister Simplice Mathieu condemned the slaying of Marcel Mombeka and an aide, telling reporters at the scene of the incident that the government would find the killers and bring them to justice. Mombeka was allegedly killed by an armed gang in the neighborhood PK5, the last remaining Muslim enclave in the city.

The diamond-rich nation held presidential elections earlier this year in a bid to end more than three years of sectarian violence that erupted after the ouster of President Francois Bozize, a Christian toppled by mainly Muslim insurgents who still control vast swathes of the country.

(Corrects name and title of victim from first paragraph.)
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