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1 FACA Soldier Killed, Another Captured In Attack By Armed Gang In Bambari, Central African Republic

The attack was the third in less than one week on the CAR military’s (FACA) positions in the area.

A corporal of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, was killed and another one captured in an attack by an armed gang on Tuesday, Sept. 28 on PK10 on the Bambari-Ippy highway around the Ndassima junction.

According to the military high command, a FACA post in Kombele village around the Ndassima junction on the Ippy highway was the target of an armed group assimilated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) Tuesday morning.

“The soldiers assigned to the post were six in number and one was killed while another was captured,” a military source in Bambari revealed.

“According to the strategy put in place by the hierarchy, on every checkpoint, there must be 10 soldiers assigned every day. This was not the case in this instance,” the source added. 

“On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the commander deplored the fact that several of them were not at their posts. They were spending time with their girlfriends in the quarters when the assailants attacked two of their colleagues who were on duty. With the reduced number, they could not withstand the firepower of the assailants. That is how one of them was killed and the other taken captive by the assailants.”

The corpse of the soldier left Bambari at 2 p.m. for the national capital Bangui on Tuesday.

The attack was the third in less than one weeks on FACA positions in the area.

The first attack was on Biade village resulting in one death and one wounded and the second attack was on the outskirts of Bambari that left one FACA soldier dead.

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