BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A military official in Central African Republic says fighting in the country's remote northwest between rebels and local residents has left at least 30 dead.
The violence erupted early Tuesday in the town of Gaga, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of the capital.
Army Gen. Mahamat Bahar said the fighting between rebels and a civilian self-defense group had killed at least 30. It was not immediately possible to independently corroborate the toll in the remote area.
Civilian protection groups have emerged as scores of villages have come under attack from the same armed rebels who overthrew the government back in March.
Rebel leader-turned-president Michel Djotodia last month formally disbanded the rebel alliance known as Seleka, though his decree appears not to have reduced the rebel attacks.