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5,000 flee Central African Republic camp after rebel attack

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, rebel soldiers patrol and protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group as the civilians walk through flooded areas to reach a makeshift camp for the displaced situated in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the town of Bentiu, South Sudan. A long-awaited report by African Union investigators, released lated Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2015 says mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan, cites horrific crimes against civilians including forced cannibalism, and disputes that there was a coup attempt by former Vice President Riek Machar in December 2013, finding that the conflict began with a skirmish between members of the presidential guard in the capital Juba. (AP Photo/Matthew Abbott, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, rebel soldiers patrol and protect civilians from the Nuer ethnic group as the civilians walk through flooded areas to reach a makeshift camp for the displaced situated in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the town of Bentiu, South Sudan. A long-awaited report by African Union investigators, released lated Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2015 says mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan, cites horrific crimes against civilians including forced cannibalism, and disputes that there was a coup attempt by former Vice President Riek Machar in December 2013, finding that the conflict began with a skirmish between members of the presidential guard in the capital Juba. (AP Photo/Matthew Abbott, File)

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — U.N. officials say at least five people are dead and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic after it came under attack by rebel fighters.

The violence took place in the northern town of Batangafo, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday. A preliminary report says that Muslim fighters killed five people in retaliation after two young Muslims had been killed earlier in the day there.

Charles Mballa, the UNHCR’s deputy representative in the country, condemned the “horrific acts.”

Tensions are mounting ahead of national elections set for late December in Central African Republic. As a result of violence over the last few years, some 860,000 people have been forced from their homes. Pope Francis is due to visit the capital later this month.

 

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