About 16 children had been killed in Bangui since December 5 and an increasing number of them are being recruited into armed groups, media reported citing UN said.

There were ‘unprecedented levels’ of violence against children, the UN children's agency, UNICEF, said in a statement.

One of the children who had been beheaded had also been mutilated while another 60 had been injured in fighting since December 5.

"More and more children are being recruited into armed groups, and they are also being directly targeted in atrocious revenge attacks," Souleymane Diabate, UNICEF's Central African Republic representative said.

The violence has mostly pitted Christian and Muslim militias against each other.

According to UN, children are being directly targeted in revenge attacks.

Central African Republic is ruled by Muslim ex-rebel leader Michel Djotodia, who seized power in March forcing then-President Francois Bozize, who came from the majority Christian population, to flee into exile.

About 1,000 people have been killed in tit-for-tat clashes in Bangui in December.


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