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3R Rebels Attack, Kill Many Central African Republic Soldiers

The rebels and FACA soldiers were involved in a gun battle after the insurgents attacked some vehicles in Mberguiri, situated 30 km from Bang on the Bocaranga highway.

A yet-to-be-ascertained number of soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, were killed in gunfire exchange between them and rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement affiliated with the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

“On seeing the 3R rebels, the FACA soldiers opened fire, and the rebels responded using heavy weapons,” a local security source informed HumAngle, adding that they launched RPGs against the two vehicles and their occupants.

The source could not immediately state the number of FACA soldiers aboard the vehicles.

A local humanitarian source indicated that for the past several months, because of the insecurity on the Bocaranga-Bang and Paoua-Bang transport corridor, vehicles plying these highways are always escorted by soldiers of the national army FACA.

The clash is coming after rebels attacked two vehicles transporting goods, one from Mbaimboum in Cameroon and the other from Bocaranga in the Ouham-Pende prefecture, to the northwest of the Central African Republic.

The two vehicles were destroyed in Mberguiri, situated 30 km from Bang on the Bocaranga highway.

“The first truck, a Renault 6, from Bocaranga fell in the ambush by 3R rebels at the entry into Mbergiri village situated between Doko and Mbama on the Bocaranga-Bang highway,” an eyewitness told HumAngle.

“While the rebels were discussing with the occupants of the truck, another truck, a 12-wheel Mercedes Benz from Mbaimboum in Cameroon transporting goods and FACA soldiers, arrived at the scene.”


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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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