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Central African Republic grenade attack kills 9 people

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  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 5, children play outside a mosque in the besieged town of Boda, Central African Republic. There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Those who venture out have been killed, their throats slit or their cars showered in gunfire. The town is home to one of the largest Muslim communities left in Central African Republic, though their plight is mirrored throughout the country. The about 4,000 Muslims who remain here are suffering in isolation and say they just want to leave for good after months of being targeted by the militiamen.

      In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 5, children play outside a mosque in the besieged town of Boda, Central African Republic. There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Those who venture out have been killed, their throats slit or their cars showered in gunfire. The town is home to one of the largest Muslim communities left in Central African Republic, though their plight is mirrored throughout the country. The about 4,000 Muslims who remain here are suffering in isolation and say they just want to leave for good after months of being targeted by the militiamen.
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BANGUI, Central African Republic -- United Nations officials are condemning an attack on a funeral in Central African Republic that killed at least nine people including several children.

Manuel Fontaine, the regional director for the U.N. children's agency, says that civilians in Bangui are "under siege" and under threat from daily attacks.

Authorities said Friday that at least nine people were killed when suspected Muslim rebels launched a grenade attack on the funeral. Witnesses said two other people died in the subsequent fighting that broke out.

Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, exploded into sectarian violence nearly four months ago. Tens of thousands of Muslims later fled the city en masse and tensions are now mounting between Christian militia fighters and regional peacekeepers.

France has about 2,000 troops in the country along with 6,000 African forces.

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