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98 People Dead as the Central African Republic Erupts In Violence

On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved the deployment of African and French forces, just months after a coup escalated chaos and violence to the war torn Central African Republic.

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Witnesses and aid workers say at least 98 people are dead in the capital of the Central African Republic after a day of clashes between the Muslim armed fighters who rule the country and a Christian militia who opposes them.

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An Associated Press journalist counted 48 bodies at a mosque in a northern neighborhood of Bangui late Thursday.

Separately, Doctors Without Borders confirmed at least 50 people were dead.

Armed Christian fighters who have opposed the Muslim-led government in power attacked the capital before dawn, the most serious violence to hit Bangui since a March coup. The former rebels who now control Central African Republic are accused of committing scores of human rights abuses. However, the Christian militias are now also implicated in massacres on Muslim communities.

The Central African Reupbulic borders Chad in the north, Sudan in the northeast, South Sudan in the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo in the south and Cameroon in the west.

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