Twenty people were killed on Saturday and at least 100 injured after the death of a Muslim taxi driver in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), says the BBC.
The violence is the worst the city has experienced this year, with the largest death toll.
The fighting spread from the city’s Muslim neighbourhood to an area where many Christians live. Sources told World Watch Monitor that Christians were shot and two churches and some homes were burned down in an area of the city known as KM5.
Amadou Rufai, a mayor in the Muslim neighbourhood, told the BBC that the ‘anti-balaka’ militia got involved in the clash, and he feared this would lead to further violence.
CAR has experienced religious and ethnic unrest between the mainly Animisit ‘anti-balaka’ and Muslim Séléka rebels for more than two years since Séléka seized power in March 2013. It was thought that the country was recovering after reconciliation efforts by a Muslim and two Christian leaders led to them receiving a peace award in August.