The mayor of the north-eastern town of Bria says the killings took place in heavy fighting between rebel groups since Tuesday. Local Catholic missions say the death toll could be higher.
Bodies were strewn across the streets of Bria as looting took place following clashes between rival groups barely a day after a ceasefire was signed.
Fighting between Christian militias and Muslims in Cenral African Republic also left 36 injured and forced some 10,000 others to flee.
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