34 injured in Central African mosque attack

A militant group attacked Muslims who were praying at the mosque by throwing a hand grenade on them.

34 injured in Central African mosque attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thirty-four people were injured, including four critically, in a Monday hand grenade attack on a mosque in the town of Paoua in western Central African Republic, local media has said.

A group of militants threw a hand grenade at Muslims worshippers in the mosque, local newspaper La Nouvelle Centrafrique reported.

The Central African Republic descended into anarchy last year when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted then-president Francois Bozize, a Christian who had come to power in a 2003 coup. The rebels later installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as an interim president.

Since then, the country has been plagued by tit-for-tat sectarian violence between Christian anti-balaka militias and Muslim former Seleka fighters.

Christians, who account for the majority of the country's population, accuse Muslims of supporting the former Seleka rebels who are blamed for attacking Christian homes, looting property and carrying out summary executions.

The country's Muslim minority, meanwhile, has been frequently targeted by Christian militias.

Last Mod: 08 Temmuz 2014, 11:21
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