Officials in the Central African Republic says clashes which broke out between rival armed groups in Bria, have left many dead.
Although reports do not indicate a precise figure, it is believed to be around fifty.
After mediation with UN peacekeeping forces sent to the area, the armed groups are withdrawing their men from the town center.
More than two-thirds of the former French colony lies in the hands of armed groups, who typically claim ethnic or religious affiliations and often fight over mineral resources.
Bria is the main town in a diamond-rich region.