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US imposes financial sanctions on militia in Central African Republic

BBC/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
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The United States has imposed financial sanctions on two militia leaders accused of fuelling conflict in the Central African Republic, CAR.

The US Treasury said in a statement the sanctions against the two men from rival sides in the conflict, underscored the US's determination to tackle instability in the CAR.

A statement added that any assets they have in the US will be frozen.

The CAR has been wracked by ethnic and religious conflict since 2013.

The US Treasury also said US citizens would be barred from doing business with Abdoulaye Hissene and Maxime Mokom.

Mr. Hissene is a chief of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and Mr. Mokom is a leader in the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia.

According to the BBC, thousands have been killed and huge numbers of the population displaced during the four-year conflict.

Seleka briefly seized power in March 2013 and deposed the Christian President Francois Bozize.

The rebels were then overthrown, leading to a wave of violent reprisals against the Muslim minority by the anti-Balaka militia.


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