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Prominent Muslim ex-leader slain by Christian militia in C. African Republic capital

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    A Muslim child sits inside the St. Pierre church where she and hundreds of other Muslims are seeking refuge in Boali, Central African Republic, some 80kms (50 miles) north-west of Bangui, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Clashes erupted between Anti-Balaka Christians and Seleka militias as thousands of Muslims try to flee the looting of their neighborhoods, on the day of the inauguration of Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    Muslim men sit inside the St. Pierre church where they and hundreds of other Muslims seek refuge in Boali, Central African Republic, some 80kms (50 miles) north-west of Bangui Thursday Jan. 23, 2014. Clashes erupted between Anti-Balaka Christians and Seleka militias as thousands of Muslim try to flee the looting of their neighborhoods, on the day of the inauguration of Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    Muslim men sleep inside the St. Pierre church where they and hundreds of other Muslims seek refuge in Boali, Central African Republic, some 80kms (50 miles) north-west of Bangui Thursday Jan. 23, 2014. Clashes erupted between Anti-Balaka Christians and Seleka militias as thousands of Muslim try to flee the looting of their neighborhoods, on the day of the inauguration of Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    Anti-Balaka Christian militiamen gather at the PK11 checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Clashes erupted between Anti-Balaka and Seleka militias as thousands of Muslims try to flee the looting of their neighborhoods, on the day of the inauguration of Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    A Muslim man sits inside the St. Pierre church where he and hundreds of other Muslims seek refuge in Boali, Central African Republic, some 80kms (50 miles) north-west of Bangui, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Clashes erupted between Anti-Balaka Christians and Seleka militias as thousands of Muslims try to flee the looting of their neighborhoods, on the day of the inauguration of Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

Officials in Central African Republic say a Christian militia has killed a former government health minister who had supported last year's rebellion by Muslim fighters.

Dr. Joseph Kalite was assassinated on Friday at the Central Mosque in the capital, Bangui, according to El-Hadj Wananga Kabara.

News of Kalite's death sent waves of fresh fear through Bangui's Muslim community, which has come under growing attack from Christian fighters in recent weeks.

The mostly Muslim rebels who overthrew the government last year became deeply despised by the Christian majority because of killings and other atrocities they committed.

Muslim civilians, though, say they are not to blame for the rebellion and have fled by the tens of thousands to neighboring countries.