Central African Republic Premier Calls For Voluntary Disarmament Next Week
Central African Republic’s prime minister on Sunday called for voluntary national disarmament next week in a bid to halt a worsening cycle of violence that threatens to drive Muslims from the West of the country. In a televised address, Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke declared June 8 would be a day for all citizens to hand in their weapons, after a spike in sectarian tensions in the majority-Christian capital Bangui following an attack on a church by Muslim gunmen on Wednesday. The attack, in which U.N. officials say at least 17 people were killed, sparked two days of violent protests in Bangui.
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