Shooting, explosions shake Bangui

March 24, 2013 7:29 am
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A picture taken on January 10, 2013 shows a Seleka rebel coalition member holding a rocket-propelled grenade/AFP
A picture taken on January 10, 2013 shows a Seleka rebel coalition member holding a rocket-propelled grenade/AFP
BANGUI, Central African Republic, Mar 24 – Gunfire and explosions shook the capital of the Central African Republic on Sunday after rebels said they had pushed into the city in their battle to oust President Francois Bozize, an AFP journalist reported.

The journalist said the explosions and shooting could be heard in the south of Bangui, while a source in the Central African Multinational Force (FOMAC) said the firing had also resumed at around 0645 GMT in the north of the capital.

Earlier a rebel commander said Sunday would be a “decisive day” in the fight for the capital Bangui.

“Today will be decisive. Our men are in Bangui, we are taking up positions,” said Colonel Djouma Narkoyo, one of the military leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition.

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