Government offices, banks and schools were shut Wednesday in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital Bangui in protest over deadly violence that has sparked fears of a return to sectarian conflict.
However, most shops remained open and taxis circulated normally despite the call for a "dead city" day by civil society.
Twenty-four people were killed and more than 170 injured in Bangui on May 1 in violence that began with a confrontation between security forces and militiamen in the mainly Muslim PK5 district.
Armed men then stormed the Fatima church in the middle of a service, killing worshippers and a priest. In response, a mob burned a mosque and lynched two people believed to be Muslim.
Tension has remained high in the capital where automatic weapons fire is frequently heard from the PK5 area.
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