Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Cameroon national killed in Central African Republic

Cameroonian businessman was killed in Central African Republic, where clashes have left 600 people dead and thousands of others displaced, according to police.

The Cameroonian national was slaughtered on Sunday at the airport of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, where Cameroon had organized special flights to repatriate its citizens, a police source in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde confirmed on Monday.

The Cameroonian was identified as Sali, a Muslim businessman who had lived in Bangui since 2002. He was attacked by an unknown man when he was escorting his family to the airport to return to Cameroon.

The tragedy came after last week's massacre of a Muslim Cameroonian man, his wife and their two children, who were burnt in Central African Republic's capital, the police said.

The four were victims of a revenge attack by Christians in Central African Republic against Muslims they accused of supporting the abuses by ex-Seleka rebels, mostly Muslims.

Statistics released by the Cameroonian Consulate in Central African Republic show that there are 3,500 Cameroonians living in Bangui, most of them Muslims from the northern parts of Cameroon.

After the repatriation of 516 of them between Friday and Saturday through Bangui M'Poko international airport, 178 others arrived in Douala, Cameroon's commercial capital, on Monday aboard a flight of the national carrier Camair-Co.    

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