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3R Rebels Force Central African Republic Soldiers To Flee Positions In Man, Wouro, Soule, Bowai, Koui

Since the exit of Russian and Syrian mercenaries in the frontlines, CAR soldiers have suffered defeats from rebels.

Faced by the superior fire-power of Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement rebels, soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, have abandoned their positions in Man, Ndim, Wouro, Soule, Bowai, and Koui.

Security sources told HumAngle that the soldiers abandoned almost all their positions and have regrouped at Mbang, situated seven kilometres from the border with Chad and Cameroon.

“Though the Russian mercenaries of Wagner on Thursday, June 24, 2021 tried to retake the town of Koui by launching an offensive against the 3R fighters who are members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), the FACA soldiers on their part are already on their way to exile in Chad and Cameroon,” the source revealed.

According to sources in the capital Bangui, the number of FACA soldiers currently heading to Chad and Cameroon has been estimated at 250 excluding those who have already arrived in the two counties within the last 48 hours.

“Galvanised by the massive desertion within the FACA ranks, the 3R fighters have given the FACA forces 24 hours to quit Mbang otherwise they would be routed by force from the town,” a source close to the 3R rebels told HumAngle.

After the withdrawal of the Russian mercenaries of Wagner Security to Bangui the capital, FACA soldiers in the zone have become very vulnerable and subjected to incessant attacks by the 3R fighters and their CPC allies leading to the capture of many of the FACA soldiers while many have crossed the border into Cameroon.

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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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