Ex-rebels killed 'nearly 1,000' in two day Bangui rampage
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AFP) - Amnesty International said on Thursday the Central African Republic's mostly Muslim ex-rebels killed nearly 1,000 people in the capital Bangui two weeks ago in a rampage avenging deadly Christian militia attacks.
Communal violence exploded in Bangui after silently terrorising more remote parts of the country since a March coup made enemies out of Muslims and Christians who had long lived together in harmony.
European nations have offered assistance to help quell the violence, as French efforts to disarm fighters appeared to be paying off after the bloodshed earlier this month.
"The tension has eased considerably," said General Francisco Soriano, who heads the French troops in the impoverished country. "It's been rather calm in Bangui since Friday," he said. "Is it sustainable? I don't know."