Violence spread through Central African capital
The violence spread throughout Bangui, capital of Central African Republic on Thursday (29 May), with reported skirmishes, barricaded roads, burned tires and lit bonfires across the city.

Businesses remained closed and daily activities came to a standstill while young men armed with machetes roamed the streets.

In a statement today Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the recent attacks in the Central African Republic, including yesterday at the Church of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bangui in which an unknown number of people, including the priest, were killed and others were abducted.

The attack follows violence in the capital earlier in the week during which three Muslim youths were brutally killed by suspected anti-Balaka elements on their way to an inter-communal reconciliation football match.

29 MAY 2014, BANGUI, CAR

Peacekeepers on the street
Soldier with burning barricade in background
Kids in front of burning barricade pointing toward camera
Tracking helicopter flying over
People on the street with smoke in the back
Fire behind barricade
Peacekeepers in front of barricades

SOUNDBITE (French), man on the street:
"This is in response to what happened yesterday at our church Fatima. Because Muslims went there to kill people, they've killed hundreds of people. And since today it's a holiday in Central African Republic we have decided to make it a "day of dead" and that's why there are protests here."


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