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A spokesman for the largely Christian "anti-balaka" militia that has been retaliating against Muslims said the militia will lay down its weapons only if the largely Muslim Seleka fighters are disarmed first. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently voiced grave concern over violence in the country, and warned of a "de facto" partition. The Afghan Taliban issued a statement in English condemning the killing of Muslims by Christians in the CAR. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb issued a statement blaming France for the killing of Muslims in the CAR, and urged them to retaliate by attacking French interests.
Widespread violence perpetrated by Christian militias, including the destruction of mosques and cannibalism, is being reported. CAR troops who had opposed Michel Djotodia and deserted have returned to their barracks. Djotodia has flown to exile in Benin.
Amid reports that infamous LRA leader Joseph Kony is in CAR, the UN Secretary General said the anarchy in the country risks spiraling further and that 9,000 peacekeepers could be needed. Human rights groups say both Muslim and Christian militias may have committed war crimes, and a UN expert on genocide warned that the situation could worsen.