Christian priest kidnapped in CAR

BANGUI – A Christian priest was abducted from Bossangoa, a town west of the Central African Republic (CAR), local sources said on Wednesday.

According to the sources, the priest, Nestor-Désiré, was abducted by armed men.

The mineral-rich country descended into anarchy one year ago when Seleka rebels – said to be mostly Muslim – ousted Christian President Francois Bozize, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.

Since last December, thousands, mostly Muslims, have been killed in sectarian bloodletting throughout the country.

According to the UN refugee agency, around 173,000 people had been internally displaced while 37,000 others had fled to neighboring countries.

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