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ICC Note: ICC has continued to report on the relentless violence  perpetrated against the majority Christian population by well armed and experienced Séléka rebels. Many of these Séléka Islamists recently fought in the recent coup that installed Michel Djotodia as the nation’s first Muslim president. CAR’s security forces have failed to protect Christian villages from attacks and atrocities committed by Séléka, and some villages have formed “self defense groups” to provide protection where government forces can or will not so so. It is with surprise that ICC now reports that CAR security forces have taken action in the country, but rather than pushing back against the organized Séléka veterans, they seem to have specifically targeted a Christian group ‘formed by local residents exasperated by the abuses committed by members of the ex-rebel Seleka group.’
10/13/2013 Central African Republic ( News24 )  – Government forces in the Central African Republic clashed with a vigilante group which has been targeting Muslims, killing six of its members, the military said Saturday.
“Clashes broke out Friday between security forces sent from Bangui to Bomboro (south of the capital), and the ‘anti-balaka’ self-defence group,” an army official said on condition of anonymity.
The official said the fighting left six dead among the ranks of the vigilante.
The anti-balaka (“anti-machete” in the local Sango language) was formed by local residents exasperated by the abuses committed by members of the ex-rebel Seleka group.
The now disbanded Seleka toppled Francois Bozize in March and its leader Michel Djotodia subsequently became the country’s first Muslim president.
“A group of unidentified men has recently been marauding in the region and perpetrating atrocities against villagers, more specifically targeting Muslims,” the army official said.
Cases of executions, rape and looting by ex-Seleka fighters in the aftermath of the coup have stoked sectarian tension in the former French colony, where the population is 80% Christian.

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