DAKAR, Senegal — An angry mob stoned a 17-year-old soldier to death in Central African Republic who had been freed from a rebel group and moved to the capital for his own safety only to be re-recruited by armed fighters, the United Nations children’s agency said Friday.
The killing came amid growing resentment against the fighters, who seized the capital in March and took control of the government.
The mobs are roaming the streets and, human rights monitors say, killing people.
The slain included a priest and a woman carrying a baby.
The 17-year-old was among 64 children who had been demobilized from the rebel group known as Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace.
They were brought to the capital in December for their protection after a new rebellion was launched in the country’s volatile north, UNICEF said.
He was later recruited by the rebel alliance known as Seleka, which was created in December and ousted the president in March.
The teenager and a second former child soldier who had since turned 19 were killed by a mob in late April after the two reportedly stole a vehicle on the orders of a local rebel commander.