Four civilians and one soldier of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, were killed on Tuesday, March 22, when rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) attacked Nzakoundou village, 72 km from Bocaranga.
According to Mathurin Zibangue, a resident of Nzakoundou, “elements of the 3R rebel group launched the violent attack at 9 a.m. against the village and national army positions.”
“They destroyed a lot of property and killed five persons including one soldier,” he said.
“They also wounded at least 10 other persons including two FACA soldiers who have since been transferred to the Bocaranga hospital. Several shops were looted by the assailants.”
According to the eyewitness,“the fighting lasted for several hours and the village is now completely under the control of the 3R rebels”.
“The FACA soldiers who were based in Nzakoundou are right now in complete disarray and several of them are heading towards the village of Kouwone while some are fleeing to Ndim and Bocaranga.”
“Most of the soldiers escaping from Nzakoundou say they want to go and join the Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.”
Nzakoundou village is the home village of opposition leader, Anicet Georges Dologuele who is currently the parliamentarian representing Bocaranga 1 constituency in the National Assembly.
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