7 people have been killed after a peace concert was conducted in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on Saturday, 11 November. 4 were killed during the concert by a grenade attack. After this, 3 taxi drivers were killed in reprisal attacks. The concert was establish by Christian and Muslim students who wanted to end the violence between the two groups. Sadly, this does not seem to be happening. The violence in CAR has been rising this year.
2017-11-15 CAR (WorldWatchMonitor) Four people were killed and 20 injured after a grenade attack at a peace concert in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on Saturday (11 November).
The event, which was held at a bar in the restive, mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood, had been organised by young Christians and Muslims to aid reconciliation between the two groups in a city that has been relatively peaceful in the last few months.
On Sunday (12 November), three motorcycle taxi drivers were killed in a reprisal attack, as Reuters reports.
The situation remains tense in the area. A local source told Catholic news agency Fides that “neighbourhoods in the PK5 area have been emptied again, as in the days of civil war, and those who remained have built barricades to protect their homes and shops”.
Local sources told World Watch Monitor that Salem Baptist Church members were worried about one of their pastors, who lives in the PK5 neighbourhood and has not been seen since Saturday.
Some Christians were among those killed, according to Fides.
Investigation into inaction of UN troops
Meanwhile the UN has announced an independent investigation into incidents in the south-east of the country, where the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has been accused of failing to intervene when armed groups attacked civilians.
World Watch Monitor reported how in September rebels took over the north-western town of Bocaranga without any reaction from MINUSCA troops.