C.Africa policeman, two civilians killed in attack

from Agence France-Presse
Published on 14 Nov 2012

11/14/2012 18:18 GMT

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Nov 14, 2012 (AFP) - A police officer and two Central African civilians, including a child, were killed in an attack by armed men near the capital Bangui, police said Wednesday.

The attack took place in the village of Libi on Tuesday while the victims were travelling to Bangui on motorcycle and in a vehicle, a police source told AFP.

Among the dead was a 12-year-old girl, while a number of people were wounded, the source added, without elaborating.

The armed men also attacked an army vehicle transporting troops, but the soldiers fired back and forced the attackers to flee. It was not clear whether there were any casualties.

On September 15, the cities of Sibut and Damara, both near Libi, were the target of attacks claimed by Hassan Al-Habib, a leader of a faction of the rebel group the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP).

According to Habib, who was later shot dead by Central African forces, the September attacks were carried out to denounce a peace deal the CPJP had signed with the government, which had raised hopes of an end to years of conflict.


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