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At least eight people were killed in mob violence in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Sunday as senior officers from the Seleka rebel movement fled the city, according to the country’s Red Cross and a rights group. Almost one million people, or a quarter of the population, have been displaced by fighting that began when the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian former French colony in March. Christian self-defense groups, known as “anti-balaka”, or anti-machete, have since taken up arms against them. The United Nations estimates that more than 2,000 people have been killed since March in tit-for-tat bloodshed that a French intervention force and thousands of African peacekeepers have failed to stop.

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