Village residents and officials said the rebels killed one villager as they pulled off their largest recent kidnapping in the former French colony, where the Ugandan rebel group has entrenched itself as international forces hunt down their leader.
Voters cast ballots on Wednesday in presidential and legislative elections that many hope will end more than two years of violence between Christians and Muslims in the country.
In this excerpt from 'United in Hate', the coordinator of the anti-balaka movement in Carnot takes VICE News to a diamond mine he oversees, which was reclaimed from Muslim owners during the recent conflict.
VICE News goes to PK5, a predominantly Muslim enclave of the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui, which has seen some of the most violent and brutal fighting between Muslim and Christian communities since the start of the conflict.
Clashes broke out in the capital Bangui during voting for a constitutional referendum seen as crucial to ending nearly three years of violence.
The pope made what was arguably his riskiest stop yet in the Central African Republic, visiting the the PK-5 neighborhood in the capital Bangui.
Excitement spread through the Central African Republic on Sunday as the pontiff arrived in the capital city Bangui, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the African country.
With the violence in the country largely occurring between Christian and Muslim armed groups, the pope is expected emphasize the need for improved relations between religions.
VICE News goes to the Central African Republic, to witness a brutal fight for economic and political control and find out what's happening to those caught in the middle.
At least 30 people have been killed and more than 100 people injured in clashes that kicked off on Saturday in the capital city, sparking fears the country's interim president could be overthrown.
Demonstrators burned tires and chanted slogans calling for the government to rearm the military.