CAR descending further into violence, U.N. says

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The U.N. mission in the Central African Republic said it was alarmed by the violence in a country a British leader said was teetering on genocide.

The U.N. mission in CAR, known by its French initials BINUCA, said at least 12 people were killed and 30 others were injured in the latest spat of violence in the country.


The rebel Seleka coalition toppled the CAR government in March.

Malcolm Bruce, chairman of the British International Development Committee, said Tuesday at a hearing in the British Parliament the situation on CAR was on the verge of genocide.

The U.N. mission said Tuesday the latest incidents of violence occurred about 60 miles from Bangui, the capital city. The mission said an interim government, led by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, was tasked with restoring law and order but the country of 4.6 million people continues to descend into chaos.

Western powers have expressed support for an African Union-led peacekeeping mission for CAR. BINUCA said in a statement it was alarmed by the "increasingly violent environment and the related risks it entails."

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