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Fear Grips Looted Bangui

Initial euphoria has turned to fear in the Central African Republic where the rebel leader General Francois Bozize has seized control of the country. “The shooting has stopped this morning but there is still looting. Rebels have been shooting the looters dead,” a Bangui resident told BBC News Online by telephone. “Administrative buildings, shops and schools remain closed. There are very few cars on the streets.” The BBC’s Joseph Benamse in Bangui says 15 people have died since rebels marched into Bangui on Saturday afternoon. France has sent 300 soldiers to protect foreign citizens in the country and reinforce peacekeepers sent by the Central African Economic Community (Cemac) last year. Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of Gabon and Congo have arrived in Bangui for talks with General Bozize and the Cemac force, reports the French news agency, AFP. General Bozize has called for more Cemac troops to be sent to Bangui in order to stabilise the station. A spokesman for the African Union said it was recommending that CAR be suspended from the body. Full Story

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