Two grenades were discovered at the cathedral in Bossangoa, a city of nearly 40,000 in the Central African Republic, the Fides news agency reported.
Members of Seleka, an Islamist rebel movement, seized power in the nation in March, and Christian institutions have suffered numerous attacks.
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“The funding sources are worrisome. They are the same ones that funded the rebellions from Libya to Tunisia to Mali,” Territorial Administration Minister Jose Binoua said, implying that other countries like Chad are involved.
Some observers believe that even if the rebellion is mostly made up of former Central African rebels, it also includes “former members of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), as well as Chadian, Sudanese and Nigerian mercenaries” — claims the rebels deny.
According to Marchal, “given the rebellion’s origins in the north, we can assume there are many Muslims in their ranks.”
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- Central African Republic: Horrific Abuses by New Rulers (hrw.org)
- Militias Seize Villages in Western CAR (voanews.com)
- HRW Urges UN to Sanction CAR’s Seleka Leaders (voanews.com)