Peacekeepers find mass grave in C.African Republic military camp

African Union peacekeepers have found a mass grave in C.African Republic military camp.

Peacekeepers find mass grave in C.African Republic military camp

World Bulletin / News Desk

African Union peacekeepers on Wednesday uncovered a mass grave at a military camp in Bangui, as a top U.N. official warned Central African Republic was succumbing to "ethnic-religious cleansing".

A Reuters witness saw four separate shallow graves containing at least a dozen bodies at the military camp in the 200 Villas neighbourhood of central Bangui, where some Seleka fighters are still stationed.

Pastor Antoine Mboa Bogo, head of the local Red Cross, confirmed there was a mass grave at the camp but said his staff had not yet had time to determine the number of dead.

"We need to send in a team with the proper equipment tomorrow to examine it," he said.

Months of looting, rape and murder followed, bringing international pressure that saw Seleka leaderMichel Djotodia resign in January. Since then, Christian militia have carried out systematic attacks on Muslims, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee the country.

"We are witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe in Central African Republic," Guterres told reporters. "There is an ethnic-religious cleansing taking place." 

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