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CAR leader orders house burning
Francois Bozize
President Francois Bozize confirmed his order on radio
The president of the Central African Republic has ordered the army to set fire to the homes of two church leaders "to teach them a lesson".

The Baptist Church pastors had burnt down the home of another pastor in a row over the use of a chapel for Christmas services in the capital.

One of the men was subsequently beaten up and the other has been arrested.

Francois Bozize said he wanted them "to experience the suffering they had inflicted on others".

The BBC's Joseph Benamse says people in the capital, Bangui, are surprised that the order came from the head of state.

But Mr Bozize confirmed on a private radio station and he himself gave the instructions.

"It is the anger of God which strikes those who offend or do wrong to a servant of God," AFP news agency quotes him as saying.

Country profile: Central African Republic
12 Dec 06 |  Country profiles

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