"Score-Settling" in C. African Republic Kills 13

"Score-Settling" in C. African Republic Kills 13

Scattered violence in the capital of Central African Republic, including two consecutive nights of intense gunfire in some neighborhoods, has killed 13 people since Michel Djotodia announced his resignation from the presidency on Friday, the local Red Cross said Sunday.

Published January 13, 2014

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The Red Cross in Central African Republic has confirmed 13 deaths in the capital Bangui following the second consecutive night of intense gunfire since ex-President Michel Djotodia announced his resignation.

Local Red Cross President Antoine Mbao-Bogo said Sunday the victims were mostly targeted in isolated incidents of "score-settling" and that the number would likely rise.

Many streets were deserted Sunday with residents of some neighborhoods holed up fearing further violence.

Djotodia seized power in March backed by his mostly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance. On Friday, he agreed to step aside along with his prime minister at a regional summit in Chad amid mounting pressure over his failure to stem widespread violence pitting Muslims and Christians against each other.

He sought exile Saturday in the West African nation of Benin.

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 (Photo: AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Written by Hippolyte Marboua, Associated Press

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