BOGUILA, Central African Republic, April 28 (UPI) -- The humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders announced it suspended activities in Boguila, Central African Republic, after three staff members were among 16 killed in fighting over the weekend.
The aid group said it has withdrawn key staff from Boguila and will ascertain if it can carry out its mission from elsewhere in the nation, which has seen over a year of violence.
Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, said mostly Muslim, former Seleka rebels surrounded its hospital and opened fire at participants of a community meeting, while other rebels looted the hospital. International peacekeepers evacuated some of the last remaining Muslims from Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui. The 1,300 people had been surrounded by largely Christian militants for months. After the evacuation, Christians looted the homes, and a mosque, in the Muslim neighborhood.
About 2,000 French troops and 5,000 from neighboring African countries have attempted to stop the sectarian violence. The United Nations Security Council recently authorized a larger peacekeeping force for the country.