The Christian anti-Balaka militants have killed at least 25 Muslims inside a mosque in the town of Kembe in south-central Central African Republic.
The militants surrounded and stormed into the Djimbi Mosque in the early hours of Wednesday morning, said Abdouraman Bornou, president of the council of elders of Kembe.
Bornou said the imam and his deputy were executed during the attack.
Ousman Mahamat, a Muslim community leader, described the attack as the behavior of some of his countrymen who promote inter-communal hatred.
“We have to double our vigilance. We have killed each other. And in this war there is neither a victor nor vanquished,” he said.
“What has just happened in Djimbi is devastating,” he said.
Authorities ordered three days of mourning in the town.
Back in 2012, violence broke out between Muslim and Christina rebel groups in Central African Republic. Ever since, the poverty-stricken nation has been in crisis.
Since 2013, thousands of civilians have been killed in sectarian conflict in the country.
Thousands have also fled their homes to seek refuge in other African countries, including Cameroon and Chad.
Amnesty International has reported that more than 5,000 people, have died in sectarian violence in the country.
Violence escalated again in early 2017 in various towns across the African country.