30 Muslims are reportedly dead in Central African Republic
They were allegedly killed by Christian militias
As a result of the conflict hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside mosques
At least, nothing less than 30 Muslims have been killed by suspected Christian militias.
Reports have it that as a result of the conflict in the Central African Republic’s border town of Bangassou, hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside mosques.
Reports also have it that the attacks involved hundreds of fighters with heavy weaponry and appeared to be aimed at Muslims.
According to Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the U.N. mission (MINUSCA), the U.N. base there has also been targeted which promptred the deployment of extra troops to the remote town.
“The situation is extremely deplorable and we are doing everything to rapidly retake control of Bangassou,” MINUSCA chief Parfait Onanga-Anyanga told Reuters in an interview.
Asked about the civilian death toll, he added: “It is clear that we are looking at numbers that could easily reach 20 to 30.”
Many of the fighters are child soldiers who appeared to be under the influence of drugs,” he added.
Reuters reports that aid workers say that militias seem to be exploiting security voids after Ugandan and French soldiers left in the past few months when their missions ended.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres however insisted that he was outraged by the attacks on the 13,000-strong mission that have killed six peacekeepers around Bangassou, an area previously sheltered from conflict.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said on Sunday that street begging by children has no basis in Islam and challenged those engaging in the act to find other means of earning a living.
Abubakar, who is also the President-General of Jema’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) stated this while presiding over the pre-Ramadan meeting of JNI’s Central Committee, held at the JNI headquarters, Kaduna.
However, a former driver to renowned Living Faith Church Bishop, David Abioye, has converted from Christianity to Islam at Games Village, Abuja.
He adopted a new name, Ismail Haruna. Ismail formerly known as Nicholas Martins said he is happier as a Muslim than he was as a Christian.