A Chadian soldier wearing reflective sunglasses observes the convoy ahead of him, as Chadian soldiers who are fighting in support of President Francois Bozize, ride on the road leading to Damara, about 70km north of the capital Bangui.

Bangui, Central African Republic -

Central Africa's Defence Minister Jean Ladawa accused a rebel coalition on Wednesday of pushing forth with its offensive despite a recent peace deal.

“Despite the Libreville accord, despite the ceasefire, the Seleka coalition is continuing its campaign,” Ladawa's spokesman said in a statement.

“After an incursion at Awakaba park, the Seleka coalition attacked the Gold Diam diamond mine at Dimbi and the town of Kembe, looting and destroying public property and carrying out killings.” - Sapa-AFP