Group calls for end to C. African Republic attacks

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international human rights group is warning that the rebels who overthrew Central African Republic’s president six months ago are killing scores of civilians with impunity.

In a report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch urged the international community to consider targeted sanctions against those responsible.

Thousands of fighters who overtook the capital, Bangui, in March are accused of killing and raping unarmed civilians. In recent weeks, a series of attacks in the northwest also have left dozens dead.

In one documented attack, villagers were reassured that it was safe to come out of their homes and talk to the rebels. When five residents did, they were tied together and shot one by one.

Rebel leader-turned-president Michel Djotodia has blamed the violence on fighters who are not part of his movement. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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