Thirteen Americans were evacuated Tuesday from the Central African Republic after an army mutiny convulsed the capital in violence.
France, the former colonial power, also was preparing to fly out its nationals as attempts to restart negotiations between mutinous soldiers and the government faltered. At least seven people have died in fierce street fighting since the mutiny began Saturday.The capital, Bangui, was quiet but tense Tuesday. President Ange-Felix Patasse bolstered his presidential guard with troops from neighboring Chad, indicating he expected more resistance from mutineers who have carried out two rebellions in two months.
A U.S. Air Force C-130 transport plane was sent to Bangui to carry Americans to neighboring Cameroon, but only 13 of the 79 expected evacuees made the flight because of problems reaching the airport, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Jerry Huchel in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.