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3R Rebels Attack Convoy, Kill Russian Mercenary And A Civilian

The 3R rebels have been trying to block access routes since the beginning of the year and this is one of many such attacks.

A Russian mercenary of the Wagner Security Group and a civilian were killed on Wednesday, Sept. 1,  in an attack on a convoy transporting goods from Cameroon to the Central African Republic capital Bangui by rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement.

“This Wednesday September 1, 2021, a little after midday, a convoy that left the town of Beloko on the frontier with Cameroon fell in an ambush at the entrance to the Petit Douala village,” a local source told HumAngle. 

“The ambush was by heavily armed elements identified as 3R rebels, members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), which led to the destruction of two military vehicles, one of which was a pick-up driven by Russian mercenaries and a truck of the Central African Republic national army FACA.”

After the attack, one Russian mercenary and a civilian were confirmed dead. Three persons, including two national army soldiers were also reported seriously wounded. They are currently receiving treatment in the Bouar hospital.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) had announced last month that before mid this September month, 300 Rwandan soldiers attached to the UN Blue Berets would be deployed specially to secure the Bangui-Beloko corridor which is a principal route for the supply of goods and basic necessities to the country from Cameroon.

The said route was blocked at the beginning of the year by CPC rebels who have been fighting to overthrow the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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