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3R Rebels Attack Central African Republic Army Position In Letele

Letele and surrounding areas are facing harassment due to conflict between FACA and rebels, causing massive losses.


There was panic on Sunday, Jan. 2, in Letele village, 20 km from Bocaranga, when rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) who are affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), attacked a position of the Central African Republic national army, FACA.

Local security sources told HumAngle that the attack was launched in the evening of Sunday.

“Two FACA soldiers were killed and two others have been reported missing by the army high command,” one of the sources said. There were tens of soldiers, according to the sources, who were supposed to protect the post. 

“They installed their checkpoint in three directions, notably on the road leading to Paoua, the one leading to Ngaoundaye and the road leading to Bocaranga,” said one source. 

“Letele is a junction town. It is a strategic point in the zone where 3R rebels have been positioned for the past several years. After their departure from the town following the arrival of FACA soldiers and their allies, they have always been threatening to come back which is why they have been carrying out incessant attacks against the army position in Letele.”

Letele, like Bang, Ngaoundaye, Mann, Lamy-Pont, Bocaranga and other towns and villages are localities regularly shaken by clashes between rebels and government forces.

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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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