A family member says the head of Central African Republic's armed forces has been shot dead and his teenage son injured in an attack near a district police station in the capital.

Kevine Mombeka says her brother Marcel, who also served as an aide in the country's transitional government, was shot in his car on Tuesday in the PK5 neighborhood of Bangui.

She says Mombeka's 14-year-old son was injured.

The country's minister of public security, Jean Serge Bokassa, denounced what he called acts to destabilize the nation. The U.N. peacekeeping mission also condemned the violence.

Thousands have been killed and displaced in violence between Christians and Muslims since March 2013. The PK5 neighborhood is a mostly Muslim enclave that Pope Francis visited last year.