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Eight killed in Central African Republic

By on December 5, 2015

Armed men in the Central African Republic killed eight civilians at a camp for displaced people and wounded one U.N. peacekeeper, just days after the pope visited the capital.

The attacks took place at Ngakobo, about 60 km (40 miles) south of the central town of Bambari on Thursday, coordinator Aurelien Agbenonci said in a statement.

Five of the rebels from the mainly Muslim coalition called the Seleka that attacked the camp were killed and two were wounded, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the U.N. Secretary-General.

Christian and Muslim groups welcomed the visit and it raised hopes for an end to violence. But a Muslim man was killed on Tuesday in an enclave of Bangui by an anti-balaka group.

Central African Republic turned violent in early 2013 when rebels seized power ousting the former president François Bozize.

Pope Francis visited a mosque in the capital on Monday to implore Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of hate, vendetta and bloodshed that has killed thousands over the past three years and divided the nation.

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