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3R Rebels Kill 2 Motorbike Riders In Bozoum, Central African Republic

The bike riders in Bazoum are currently planning to stage a protest in honour of their murdered colleagues.

Two persons believed to be motorbike riders were on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, killed by fighters of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel movement which is affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic.

According to sources, the two motorbike riders who had been plying the Bozoum-Bossemptele axis were captured, tortured, and subsequently killed in Boyabane village, 27 km from Bozoum.

Two other individuals who were seriously wounded in the attack have been transferred to the Bozoum hospital where they are receiving medical attention.

Sources in the area said bike riders association members are currently planning a mass protest against the deaths of their colleagues.

The association, as of press time, was yet to issue an official statement on the incident, even as it was gathered that only one of the corpses of the two murdered motorbike riders had arrived at the Bozoum hospital mortuary.

It should be recalled that in the past weeks, 3R fighters have invaded the mining fields within the periphery of Bozoum and their presence has forced the civilian populations to flee into the bushes or to the centre of Bozoum town.

Most of the displaced persons from Bozoum have been reporting sexual aggressions against women and girls by the rebels. According to local authorities and Red Cross officials, these displaced persons currently live under very deplorable conditions. 

They have subsequently called for assistance from the regime in Bangui and also from national and international humanitarian non-governmental organisations.

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