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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:04 AM
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North of Central African capital cordoned off
Bangui, Central African Republic

The northern part of the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, was cordoned off by security forces on Friday after heavy and automatic weapons fire was heard there late in the evening.

"The entire zone is cordoned off ... the ex-rebels are surrounded," said a source close to the government, referring to former fighters who helped bring President Francois Bozize to power.

The ex-rebels have been blamed for Thursday's unrest and for clashes that killed seven people last weekend.

Residents were on Friday still fleeing northern Bangui, where heavy and automatic weapons fire was heard for two hours on Thursday evening.

http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?ao=58696
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