At least 55 killed in Central Africa Republic battles

September 9, 2013 18:07

BANGUI- At least 55 people were killed in clashes over the weekend between gunmen loyal to Central African Republic's former president and the ex-rebels who ousted him, the government and a regional peacekeeper said on Monday.

The fighting took place on Saturday and Sunday around Bossangoa, in former President Francois Bozize's home region, about 300 km (185 miles) north of the capital.

"The defence forces lost five men, and there have been more than 50 killed among the assailants and civilians," said Guy Simplice Kodegue, spokesman for the government the rebels set up after they seized power. A commander in the regional peacekeeping force put the toll at 60 dead so far.

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