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Chadian troops driving into Bangui to evacuate Muslims opened fire on civilians, killing at least 10 and wounding about 30. The Christian anti-balaka militia has accused Chad of siding with the Muslims and Seleka rebels in the conflict, in which thousands of Muslims and Christians have been killed. On March 27, a grenade attack on a funeral in Bangui killed 11 people and wounded 14; the attack was blamed on Seleka "extremists well known to the police." The attackers also mugged Red Cross aid workers and stole their phones.
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.