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3R Rebels Kill 2 Central African Republic Soldiers, Injure 2 In Ndongue Attack

A military source revealed that the attack happened at dawn, catching the FACA soldiers by surprise.

Fighters of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel movement on Monday July 26, killed two soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, and wounded two others in an attack on army positions in Ndongue Douane village, situated 15 kilometres from Yelewa.

A military source told HumAngle that the attack happened around 4 a.m.

“The FACA soldiers repelled the attack, but unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives in the clash while two others were severely wounded,” the source who did not want to be named said. 

He said the two dead soldiers and the wounded were transferred to Bouar by the chief medical officer of the Yelewa hospital centre from where they were eventually evacuated to Bangui the national capital.

Though the casualties on the side of the rebels were not immediately known as of press time, military sources say a good number of the 3R rebels who are affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) were killed and some wounded.

In a related development, there were clashes between FACA soldiers and 3R combatants in the locality of Abba, a town with several mining sites.

“Reports say there were several dead and wounded but the exact casualty figures are not yet known,” a civil society activist revealed.

The 3R rebel movement is composed mostly of nomad Peuls who are reputed to master the forests where most of the fighting takes place. This gives them a relative advantage over the FACA soldiers and their Russian mercenary allies.

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