Tension and fear gripped Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic with the city’s main streets closed off after a spate of violence, looting and death of three protesters. A witness and hospital source who asked not to be named said violence broke out when UN peacekeepers opened fire as several hundred protesters headed for the presidency. The demonstrators were demanding the resignation of interim leader Catherine Samba Panza after the deaths of at least 20 people in Bangui at the weekend. Three people were killed and seven injured by the UN peacekeepers, the hospital source told AFP. The UN peacekeeping force, MINUSCA, denied the account but said it would seek to “verify” the accusations. “MINUSCA peacekeeping officers deny (reports) that they opened fire on the population,” the mission said in a statement sent to AFP. “That said, MINUSCA remains concerned by such allegations and will proceed to verifying them,” it added. Bangui’s latest round of violence broke out on Saturday after claims a motorcycle taxi driver was murdered in Bangui’s Muslim majority PK-5 neighbourhood. More than 20 people were killed and around 100 injured when violence spread to other districts, medical sources said.