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ICC Note: Michel Djotodia is the Central African Republic’s first Muslim president. He was brought to power by the Séléka Islamists, whom he now claims to be distanced from. After a series of abductions and discrimination by the Séléka, some Christians protested the President’s policies. They were subsequently attacked by the Séléka, with three killed and several wounded, evidencing the Islamist continued fanatical support for Djotodia.
11/14/2013 Central African Republic (World Bulletin) – Three people were killed and several wounded in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and former rebel fighters, police and government officials said.
The country has descended into chaos since northern Seleka rebels seized Bangui in March, ousting President Francois Bozize and igniting sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians.
United Nations officials say both sides may have committed war crimes and warned this month that the killings risked spiralling into genocide.
Wednesday’s violence erupted in the Fatima neighbourhood after demonstrators threw stones at the motorcade of transitional President Michel Djotodia, whom Seleka brought to power.
The demonstrators said the protest, in which they burned tyres and blocked roads, followed the abduction of a local resident by Seleka.
“This attitude angered the Seleka elements who returned to the neighbourhood and fired shots to disperse the protesters, injuring several of them,” Selemane Adjar, head of Djotodia’s communications department, said.