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3R Rebels Kill 20 Persons In Koui, Central African Republic

According to Vincent Pierre Ndouvou, a local in Ndakaya, the 3R rebels issued an ultimatum after locals exposed the location of their vehicle that was hidden in the forest by some locals of the village.

At least 20 persons were killed on Monday, Nov. 29 by rebels of Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel movement who are affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) when they attacked Koui village in the northwest of Central African Republic.

“The attack took place Monday Nov. 29, 2021 at around 4 a.m. in the village of Ndakaya, a locality situated twenty kilometres from Koui on the Ngaoui highway going towards the border with Cameroon,” a civil society source told HumAngle.

According to Vincent Pierre Ndouvou, a local in Ndakaya, the 3R rebels issued an ultimatum after locals exposed the location of their vehicle that was hidden in the forest by some locals of the village.

“In order to avoid being taken for accomplices, we decided to reveal the location where the rebels hid their vehicle to the national soldiers. It is for that reason that a group of Ndakaya youths accompanied FACA soldiers to the forest to show them where the vehicle was hidden,” Ndouvou said. 

“That is how the pick-up belonging to the rebels was seized and brought to Ndakaya and subsequently to Koui. But the rebels on their part got the news of what we did so they were not happy with us. That is why they launched a reprisal ultimatum against us.”

A FACA soldier who claimed to have first-hand knowledge of the massacre said at least 63 persons were killed by the 3R rebels but this has not been corroborated by any independent sources.

On Sunday, the 3R rebels attacked FACA positions in Kaita and Zaoro-Lim, close to the border with Cameroon leaving 37 persons dead, 25 of whom were in Kaita and 12 in Zaoro-Lim. Among the casualties were three FACA soldiers.

As of the time of filing this report, all FACA soldiers have abandoned their positions in Kaita and Zaoro-Lim and are now concentrated in Koui, Mbang and Mann.


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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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