11 Central African Republic Soldiers, 2 Rebels Die In Nzako Clash

The attack led to the capture of at least one FACA soldiers, while AFPD rebels were wounded by the CAR gov't forces.

Eleven soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, and two rebels of the Alliance des Forces pour la Paix et le Developpement (AFPD) were killed in a clash on Saturday morning, May 21, during clashes between the two sides in Nzako, situated in the Mbomou prefecture to the south of the country.

One FACA soldier was captured by the rebels while six rebels were seriously wounded.

HumAngle understands that the attack started at 5 a.m. [CAT] on Saturday on three fronts: to the north, east, and west of the town.

The assailants during the course of the assault took the FACA soldiers  by surprise, leaving them with no margin of manoeuvre, forcing them to withdraw in dispersed ranks.

“Right now, the FACA soldiers are in total disarray as they flee towards Bakouma,” a military source revealed.

On Thursday, April 28, 2022 at around 4 a.m., AFPD rebels fiercely attacked FACA positions in Nzako killing six soldiers and losing three of their colleagues.

All the soldiers involved in the April 28 clashes lost their weapons except two of them who escaped with their rifles.

The FACA soldiers were  forced to leave the town and take refuge in Bakouma, a town situated 60 kilometres on the Bangassou highway to the southeast of the country.

While the FACA forces were fleeing, Russian mercenaries were called to the rescue and to reassure the population of their safety.

 But on their arrival in Nzako, the Russians discovered that there were no FACA soldiers for them to reinforce.

The Russians got in contact with some senior FACA officers by phone to implore them to return to Nzako but none of the FACA soldiers was ready to take the risk after having been so easily routed.

The FACA soldiers also gave as reason for their refusal to return to Nzako to meet the Russians, the humiliation to which the Russians always subjected them. 

They  decided to go to Bangassou and later Bambari before finally going to the capital Bangui.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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