A man holds a knife to his throat, claiming he is looking for Muslims to decapitate, in the 5th district of Bangui, Central African Republic. File picture: Issouf Sanogo

Bangui, Central African Republic - Residents of a Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic say three people were killed while trying to escape the country's sectarian violence.

Mahamadou Baba said the bodies had been brought to the Ali Bablo Mosque in Bangui late Friday afternoon in the PK5 neighborhood.

He said the three men had tried to go to the airport to take a flight out of the country but it was full. Christian militia fighters attacked their car when they were driving back home.

He said the imam was waiting for Red Cross officials to collect the bodies because it has become too dangerous for the mosque to conduct burials.

The violence rocking Central African Republic since early December has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee the country.