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Red Cross: 30 dead in C. African Republic capital

Updated Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | 5:42 a.m.

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says at least 30 people have been killed in Central African Republic's volatile capital over the last three days.

Nadia Dibsy, a spokeswoman for the ICRC in Bangui, said Friday that the capital is now experiencing "unprecedented levels of violence."

An Associated Press journalist on Wednesday saw the bodies of two men who had been hacked to death with machetes and mutilated.

The spike in violence comes even as 1,600 French troops and 5,000 African peacekeepers try to stabilize the country.

A political crisis sparked by a March 2013 coup has ignited violence between the Muslim rebels who seized power and the majority Christian population. Now that the rebels no longer hold power, the Christians are attacking Muslim civilians.