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UN Urges CAR to Probe Sectarian Attack

General Babacar Gaye, the UN secretary-general's representative to Central African Republic, speaks on Feb. 6, 2014, at UN headquarters in Bangui.
General Babacar Gaye, the UN secretary-general's representative to Central African Republic, speaks on Feb. 6, 2014, at UN headquarters in Bangui.
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The U.N. envoy to the Central African Republic has condemned the killing of a suspected rebel in a vicious mob attack, and urged the government to make an "example" of those responsible.

In a Thursday news conference, Babacar Gaye said the attack shows the CAR urgently needs a functioning judicial system that can support the efforts of MISCA, the African-led support mission to the country.

"It's urgent that a penal process is put in place in this country, and it must be an efficient penal system. That will help MISCA strengthen. And if this justice doesn't exist, the actions of the MISCA will always appear to be at fault."

The attack took place Wednesday in the capital, Bangui, shortly after interim President Catherine Samba-Panza praised the military for its efforts to regroup and reform, following a 2013 coup.

Witnesses says soldiers helped beat and stab the man, before dragging his body through the streets. They say attackers suspected the man belonged to the Seleka rebel movement that overthrew president Francois Bozize last March.

Television video showed a man stomping on an almost naked and lifeless body, with soldiers nearby.

Human Rights Watch emergencies director Peter Bouckaert was attending the ceremony where Samba-Panza spoke, and saw the attack.

In a VOA interview,  he said African peacekeepers were nearby but did not initially intervene.

"They were, I believe, afraid of the massive mob of thousands of uniformed soldiers who were at the scene and this absolute scene of carnage in front of their eyes," he said.

The attack is an indication of the tensions between the CAR's Muslims and Christians since  Bozize's ouster. Much of the fighting since his departure has been between Muslim ex-Seleka forces and mostly Christian "anti-Balaka" militias.

Bouckaert says some of those involved in the attack appeared to be anti-Balaka members.

  • Chadian troops escort thousands of Muslim residents who are fleeing Bangui and Mbaiki, Feb. 7, 2014.
  • Armed men drive with thousands of Muslim residents from Bangui and Mbaiki fleeing the Central African Republic capital Bangui, Feb. 7, 2014.
  • A Christian crowd cheers as thousands of Muslim residents from Bangui and Mbaiki flee the Central African Republic, escorted by Chadian troops, Feb. 7, 2014.
  • A crowd runs for cover as AU peacekeeping soldiers fire warning shots to disperse a crowd near Miskine, Bangui, Feb. 7, 2014.
  • People carry a man who was injured by a tear gas canister shot by AU peacekeeping soldiers to disperse a crowd near Miskine, Bangui, Feb. 7, 2014.
  • Newly enlisted Central African Armed Forces soldiers smile after listening to CAR Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza address the troops in Bangui, Feb. 5, 2014.
  • An anti-Balaka Christian militiaman holding a bow and arrow stands in, what days before, was a predominantly Muslim area of the Miskin district of Bangui, Feb. 4, 2014.
  • A Muslim owned fish shop stands looted in the Miskin district of Bangui, Feb. 4, 2014.
  • Girls walk in a monastery sheltering internally displaced persons in the district of Boy Rabe in Bangui, Feb. 4, 2014.
  • Men duck for cover as heavy gunfire erupts in the Miskin district of Bangui, Feb. 3, 2014.

The attack was also condemned by France, which has 1,600 peacekeepers in the CAR.

In a Thursday interview on French radio, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the U.N. would probably extend the country's six-month mandate in the CAR when it ends in May.

The United States is urging people in the Central African Republic to take advantage of international support and their new transitional government to break a cycle of violence that has affected the country for nearly a year.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Wednesday that the United States is deeply concerned by sectarian attacks against both Muslims and Christians, and that such violence must end.

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