Death toll in Central African town could rise to 100 – Mayor

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An armed fighter belonging to the 3R armed militia displays his weapon in the town of Koui, Central African Republic, April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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BANGUI (Reuters) – As many as 100 people may have been killed in a day of clashes between rival factions in the Central African Republic town of Bria, the mayor said on Wednesday.

“The death toll will certainly rise. For now it’s an estimate and it could be up to 100 dead,” said mayor Maurice Belikoussou by telephone. “There are still dead lying in the neighbourhoods, in the road and in the bush,” he added.

(Reporting by Crispin Dembassa-Kette; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Angus MacSwan)


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