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Grenade attack ‘kills 20′ in Bangui

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A grenade attack on a wake in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, kills 20 people, a government minister says.

The attack happened at around 23:00 on Thursday (22:00 GMT), Public Security Minister Denis Wangao Kizimale was quoted as saying.

Eleven people were injured in the attack, he told AFP news agency.

The country has been hit by civil conflict since a rebel group deposed the president in March 2013.

The conflict has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature, with UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warning last week that hatred between Christians and Muslims in CAR had reached a “terrifying level”.

The mainly Muslim rebel Seleka movement deposed President Francois Bozize in March 2013 and rebel leader Michel Djotodia seized power.

In January Mr Djotodia was in turn forced to step down amid criticism he had not done enough to stem sectarian violence, with attacks on Muslims becoming a major element of the conflict.

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