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Catholic cathedral under siege by Islamic rebels in Central African Republic

July 08, 2014

Rebels of the Seleka militia have surrounded the Catholic cathedral in Bambari, in the Central African Republic, the Fides news service reports.

The Islamic rebels reportedly fired on the cathedral complex and laid siege to the area. Fides reported that accurate news was difficult to obtain, because phone lines into Bambari had been severed.

More than 12,000 civilians who have been driven from their homes by the fighting had gathered around the cathedral seeking refuge when the siege began on July 7.


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