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Muslim Seleka militants attacked a Catholic church in Bangui yesterday where people were sheltering from violence; the assailants threw grenades and shot at women and children, killing at least 11 people. A priest at the church said AU peacekeepers failed to respond to urgent calls during the attack. Today Christian anti-balaka militias retaliated by sacking an empty mosque and barricading streets with burning tires. Seleka controls much of northern CAR, and is said to be creating a parallel army and police force in the region.
Seleka rebels have begun regrouping in the north and this week named Gen. Joseph Zindeko, who formerly commanded a rebel base in Bangui, as Seleka's new leader. On May 6, French forces killed several militiamen when a group of 40 armed fighters attacked a French patrol in the Nanga-Boguila region. On May 2, attackers killed 22 people, including three health workers, at a French-run hospital. Journalism in CAR is hampered by lack of basic resources, widespread intimidation, and influence by rival groups.