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3 Central African Republic Soldiers Killed, 3 Wounded In Rebel Ambush

Although no rebel group publicly claimed responsibility for the attack, FACA has attributed it to 3R rebels.

Three soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, were killed and three others seriously wounded in an ambush by rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement near Ngaoundaye in the Lim-Pende prefecture to the northwest of the Central African Republic.

According to local official sources, the attack on Thursday, Oct. 14, took place around 4 p.m. within the periphery of Ngaoundaye sub-prefecture.

“The FACA soldiers energetically fought back against the attackers,” a senior source within the military high command in Bangui told HumAngle. 

No group has since claimed responsibility for the attack but FACA attributed it to rebels of the 3R movement who are members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) who are very active in the area.

The zone has over several months been ground for recurrent action by 3R rebels led by a Peul of Central African Republic origin and member of the CPC led by former Central African Republic president, Francois Bozize.

Military sources say the corpses of the dead soldiers and those that were wounded were transported to Bangui the capital on Friday, Oct. 15 by helicopters of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic, (MINUSCA).

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