100 dead in Central African Republic town, mayor says

Jean-Rock Sobi, Anicet Dologuele
Abdoulaye Miskine's Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDCP) representative Jean-Rock Sobi, right, and the Union for Central African Renewal party (URCA) President Anicet Dologuele shake hands after signing the Political Agreement for Peace in the Central African Republic at the Sant'Egidio headquarters in Rome, Monday, June 19, 2017. Members of 13 Central African Republic's militant groups signed a preliminary agreement to stop the civil war, reaffirm the unity of the country, and the respect of human and civil rights. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) – The mayor of a Central African Republic town says at least 100 people are dead after heavy fighting broke out in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome.

Bria Mayor Maurice Balekouzou also said Wednesday that several dozen wounded have been brought to the hospital run by aid group Doctors Without Borders.

However, the local Catholic mission says the death toll could be higher because it has been too dangerous for Red Cross teams to recover bodies from the streets.

Witnesses say fighting took place between the anti-Balaka militia and rebels from the group known as FPRC who were once part of the Seleka movement.

The peace deal signed Monday between nearly all the country’s armed groups had called for an immediate cease-fire.

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