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3R Rebels Hold 2 Soldiers, 7 Civilians Hostage In Central African Republic

The 3R rebels, which have become brazen in their recent attacks are holding nine persons hostage in CAR.

Nine persons including two soldiers of the Central African Republic have been abducted and taken hostage by the rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) group Saturday, July 31. 

Local sources told HumAngle that there has been panic and a mass exodus from the Man village, situated in the Lim-Pende prefecture of the CAR following an attack by 3R rebels on Sunday.

“There is a panic psychosis that is gaining ground among the population in the village and almost everybody is leaving for safer areas including the bushes,” a civil society activist told HumAngle.

“The attack resulted in so much damage both material and human. There is talk of several deaths and wounded. Nine persons, among them two soldiers of the national army, were taken hostage by the 3R rebels.”

HumAngle learnt that the national army withdrew shortly after the attack some Kms away from their initial positions forcing the populations to massively leave the town. “The people fear another attack by the rebels,” one of the sources revealed.

“Right now, economic activities, schools, administrative and cultural activities have been totally paralyzed. The soldiers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission to the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) who were seen in the town a few hours after the attack are no longer there,” the source added. 

As of press time, the Central African Republic Government was yet to make any official pronouncement on the attack, but MINUSCA has published a communique regretting the death of civilians in the attack.

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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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