‘Score-settling’ claims 13 in CAR - Red Cross

Bangui - 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 on Sunday the victims were mostly targeted in isolated incidents of “score-settling” and that the number would likely rise.

Residents burn tyres at the Lakouenga district in Bangui, on January 12, 2014. The residents were burning tyres after one of them was killed during the night as he was looting Muslim properties, according to activists. Picture: Emmanuel Braun. Credit: REUTERS

Many streets were deserted on Sunday with residents of some neighbourhoods 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 on Saturday in the West African nation of Benin. - Sapa-AP