News ID: 110199
Published: 0729 GMT January 25, 2015

CAR minister kidnapped in Bangui

CAR minister kidnapped in Bangui

Central African Republic's minister for youth and sport was kidnapped on Sunday by gunmen in the capital, Bangui, as he returned from church, an official said.

The kidnapping of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the kidnapping earlier this week of a UN staff member and a French charity worker, highlighting insecurity in the country despite the presence of French and UN peacekeepers, reported.

Tatiana Yangeko, Sayo's spokeswoman, said the minister was driving his wife and his brother back from church when four unidentified gunmen in a taxi stopped their vehicle in Bangui's 8th arrondissement, shot in the air and seized the minister.

"They got out of the taxi, shot in the air and forced the minister out of his car. They fled with him towards Boy Rabe," Yangeko said, referring to a neighborhood that is a stronghold of the 'anti-Balaka' militia.

"We have told the prime minister," she added.

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