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2 Central African Republic Soldiers Killed, 4 Russian Mercenaries Wounded In Kokomale Attack

The attack surprised residents in Kaga-Bandoro as the soldiers suffered defeat from the CPC rebels.

Two soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, were killed and four Russian mercenaries wounded on Sunday Sept. 19, in an attack by rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) on FACA and Russian mercenaries positions in the village of Kakomale situated 60 km from Kaga-Bandoro on the Grevai highway.

The attack sent shock waves throughout Kaga-Bandoro, chief town of Nana-Gribizi prefecture situated about 343 km from Bangui, the capital, forcing people to flee into the bushes.

“The fighting was violent. The rebels surprised us in three positions. They attacked us but our men resisted very well. They pushed back the attack and are still in control of the locality,” revealed a FACA officer who opted for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the military.

Another source told HumAngle in Kaga-Bandoro the rebels only withdrew after destroying the checkpoint mounted by FACA and their Russian mercenary allies in the village.

The  military source however said two FACA soldiers were killed during the confrontation.

“Four Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group were seriously wounded during the clashes and were subsequently evacuated to Bangui for proper urgent medical attention,” he said.

Meanwhile, violent clashes continue between Russian mercenaries and rebels of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) in Mingala on the Alindao highway.

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