Jan. 28 - Weapons and the wounded are left behind after Seleka rebels move their base camp as regional peacekeepers secure the Central African Republic capital. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
This is the former Seleka rebel headquarters in the Capital City of Central African Republic. This is what they left behind -- stockpiles of weapons and a young man whose throat was slashed as they left. The fighters were ordered to move their base to an area on the outskirts of the capital. This was also home base to the former president. He came to power last March when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the government in the majority Christian country. Soon after, Christian self-defense groups, known as "anti-balaka" formed and tit-for-tat killings now plague the country. (SOUNDBITE)(French) PONCIEN HAKIZIMANA, MISCA COLONEL HEAD OF BURUNDI TROOPS IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, SAYING: "We made them leave the heavy weapons here, and we let them keep the light weapons for their own security. The next step will be to proceed with disarmament and to ensure the security of the camp. Once we have contained them, the anti-balaka will also have to be contained." Looters are rounded up as regional forces try to secure the area. And more help is on the way. On Tuesday, the UN approved the deployment of European troops. This will add strength to African peacekeepers and French forces struggling to contain the violence.