Militants’ reign of terror in CAR

terror in CAR 1From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MILITANT groups have embarked on a spree of killings, kidnappings, armed robberies and illegal taxation of villagers worsening the dire situation in Central African Republic.
Recently, a clash between rival groups in the western Santoine left 35 people dead and 200 held hostage. They have been released after negotiations by international security forces.
The situation in the sub-prefecture of Batangafo and Kambakotta is of concern to humanitarian agencies as armed elements strike their vehicles, stealing communication equipment and money.
Last week, several incursions by Lord’s Resistance Army from Uganda invaded Gouyanga and looted attics, houses and other valuable property as well as kidnapping scores of civilians.
The communities of Kouango have been victims of illegal levying of taxes by the armed elements to fund their operations.
“The collection is underway and ‘offenders’ have been threatened with sanctions,” he said.
A humanitarian officer said this the first time this phenomenon had been observed and could spread to other regions under the influence of armed groups. In Peulhe, a new armed group has robbed returning refugees of cash and food aid.
Armed groups have targeted schools with four teachers killed and schools looted.

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