Dozens of people have been killed in two days of fighting between rival militias in the Central African Republic, witnesses said Sunday. Mainly Christian anti-Balaka militiamen tried to expel mainly Muslim Seleka militiamen from Kaga-Bandoro, about 700 kilometres north of the capital, Bangui, resident Maxime Gourna said.
He said Seleka counter-attacked, expelling the anti-Balaka and then turning against civilians.
The presidency said Saturday the clashes killed 26 people.
The UN mission to CAR said it had intervened to separate the belligerents and was reinforcing its military presence in the area.
CAR has been in conflict since Seleka overthrew Christian president Francois Bozize in March 2013. Thousands have been killed in inter-religious violence.