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Clashes in Central African Republic kill at least 10Wed, 21 Aug, 2013 | Posted By: The Times Of Earth (TOE)

A clash in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, caused dozens of casualties including 10 people killed between the Seleka coalition and supporters of toppled president Francois Bozize, local sources reported on Wednesday.

The unrest began late Tuesday after Seleka fighters launched a weapons search operation in a northern section of the capital, Bangui, to disarm Bozize supporters.

Michel Djotodia, sworn in as interim president Sunday, led a Seleka rebel coalition that overthrew Mr. Bozize earlier this year. 

Seleka launched the disarmament operation because heavy weapons fire had been heard in the area on Saturday. 

State media reports say Djotodia called an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the violence with community leaders. 

The United Nations has expressed growing concern about C.A.R.'s security following the coup. 

Last week, a senior U.N. official warned C.A.R. could become a failed state if quick action is not taken. 

Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council that more than 200,000 people had been displaced internally and nearly 60,000 had fled to neighboring countries since the start of the crisis. 

Meanwhile, Cameroon has closed its border with C.A.R. after an altercation between Seleka fighters and Cameroonian forces led to the death of a Cameroonian police official.

Source: Agencies
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