At least 37 people died between Thursday and Friday during fighting between the anti-Balaka militia and ex- Seleka rebels in Central African Republic’s central town of Dekoa, a source from CAR Red Cross said.
The Red Cross source said anti-Balaka militia attacked the position of ex-Seleka rebels in Dekoa, provoking fierce fighting.
“At the moment, we have counted 37 bodies and already buried 10.
“The insecurity does not allow us to continue collecting dead bodies,?? the source that did not wish to be named said.
By midday, there was still confusion in Dekoa town.
One section of the population had taken refuge in the bush while the other took refuge in a Catholic church within the locality.
According to Youssouf Adam, an officer of the ex-Seleka rebels present in the town, his fighters are in full control of the town.
“We just responded to the provocation of anti-Balaka militia while in our camps,?? he told Xinhua on phone.
Similar clashes were witnessed on the same day along the road leading to the northern town of Bossangoa as well as along Bozoum- Bouar road.
The AU peacekeeping mission is charged with the responsibility of providing security along the border of Dekoa and Bozoum.
The mission has promised to address the media on the fresh clashes after compiling all the information.
The attacks come at a time when the anti-Balakas and the ex- Seleka rebels had vowed to end hostilities to allow peace to be restored in Bangui and other towns.