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1,300 Muslims evacuate Bangui

Peacekeepers watch as mosque, businesses quickly looted

Posted: April 28, 2014 at 5:26 a.m.

Muslims with their belongings are seen before they are escorted by French peacekeepers from their homes in Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Heavily armed African and French peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic’s volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped in their neighborhood by violent Christian militants. Within minutes of the convoy’s departure, an angry swarm of neighbors descended upon the mosque in a scene of total anarchy. Tools in hand, they swiftly dismantled and stole the loudspeaker once used for the call to prayer and soon stripped the house of worship of even its ceiling fan blades.(AP Photo/Krista Larson)

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Heavily armed peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic’s volatile capital Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped in their neighborhood by violent Christian militants.

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