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70 Muslims killed in Central African Republic town

Updated Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | 8:36 a.m.

CARNOT, Central African Republic (AP) — Witnesses in Central African Republic say Christian militiamen killed at least 70 people in the country's remote southwest, at one point ordering a group of Muslims to lie on the ground and shooting them one by one.

The Rev. Rigobert Dolongo, who helped bury the bodies, told The Associated Press the militiamen, known as the anti-Balaka, slaughtered the Muslims in the village of Guen earlier this month. He said at least 27 people were slain in the first day of the attack, while 43 others were killed on the second day.

Ibrahim Aboubakar, 22, says the anti-Balaka stormed Guen and killed his two older brothers after they were heard speaking in Arabic.

Hundreds of Muslims remain in Guen, hiding in the town's Catholic church and also at the imam's home.