Residents in Central African Republic's capital and the United Nations say at least three people have been killed in clashes in Bangui.

The U.N. mission in the country said Friday that several others were wounded and houses were burned in the fighting Thursday around the PK5 neighborhood.

Sam Gounoumoundjou said the fighting between Muslim ex-Seleka rebels and the Christian anti-Balaka militia began after an attack on Muslim boys playing soccer. However, the two groups on Friday blamed a self-defense group set up in the neighborhood.

The U.N. says peacekeepers were deployed and the fighting stopped.

Sectarian clashes between rival Christian and Muslim militias have flared recently, and violence in late September left 71 people dead and over 400 wounded, according to a new assessment by the Ministry of Public Health.