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Six Central African Republic police hostages freed

By on June 25, 2016

Six police officers in the Central African Republic were freed on Friday after they were taken hostage
in the capital by members of the former Seleka rebel group, a mediator and a senior presidential aide said.

The officers were handed over to U.N. peacekeepers upon their release, parliamentary deputy Amadou Aboubakar Kabirou, who was part of the mediation team, said.

The kidnap took place in the mainly-Muslim PK-5 suburb of Bangui in retaliation for the arrest of 26 residents suspected of illegally bringing in arms.

Insecurity has persisted since Touadéra took office in March, after winning an election intended to draw a line under inter-communal and inter-religious violence pitting the mainly Muslim Seleka against the mainly Christian anti-balaka militias since 2013.

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