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3R Rebels Burn Two Trucks To Cameroonian In Central African Republic

The burnt trucks were travelling between Cameroon and CAR when they were ambushed.

Two trucks belonging to a Cameroonian businessman based in Mbaimboum on the Cameroon border with the Central African Republic were burnt in Zom town, 25 kilometres from Bang.

One of the trucks was from Mbaimboum in Cameroon while the other was from Berberati in the west of the Central African Republic. They were burnt on Friday, June 4, 2021.

According to some humanitarian workers in Zom, the first truck burnt was a 12-wheel Mercedes vehicle from Mbaimboum and was carrying 180 jerry cans of petrol to Yaloke.

The second vehicle was a 10-wheel truck carrying timbre from Berberati when it broke down in Zom.

“The two vehicles unfortunately fell into an ambush by rebels of the 3R movement who initially attempted to negotiate for some ransom from the vehicle owners,” a civil society source told HumAngle last evening.

“However, when they could not get the amount of money they demanded, they decided to set the vehicles ablaze.” 

“After burning the vehicles, the 3R rebels ordered the drivers and their assistants to leave the locality immediately otherwise they would themselves also be burnt to death.”

The town of Zom is situated 25 kilometres from Bang and 45 kilometres from Bocaranga in the Ouham-Pende prefecture.

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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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