Twelve civilians and one soldier on Sunday, Nov. 14, died during clashes between soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, and rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the prefecture of Lim-Pende to the Northwest of the country.
The clashes followed a confrontation earlier in the day in Kaita village about five km from Mbae-Mbere village during which one 3R rebel was killed and one other wounded.
“The 3R rebels carried out a reprisal attack at 6 p.m. against national army positions in Mbae-Mbere village,” an eyewitness informed HumAngle.
“Faced by the rebels, the FACA soldiers took to their heels in dispersed ranks leaving the rebels to burn down houses and loot properties and business places.”
According to official sources, during the clashes, one FACA soldier was killed and one other was taken hostage while 12 civilians were killed and eight others wounded.
Three rebels were also wounded in the confrontation.
Sources say there is an exodus of villagers from Mbae-Mbere village following the incident. Many have been seeking refuge in Ngaoundaye while others have crossed the border into Cameroon.
In Bangui the capital, neither the military high command, nor the government has reacted to the news of the clashes.
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