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3R Rebels Release 6 Abducted Persons In Baboua, Central African Republic

3R rebels in Central African Republic kidnapped six persons, robbed them, and interrogated them before releasing them.

Rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement on Wednesday, May 12, kidnapped six persons in Ndiba, situated in the Nana-Mambere district in northwest of the Central African Republic.

The six persons were made up of five passengers and the driver of the bus in which they were travelling. After being held for about six hours and going through severe interrogation, the six were released around 5 p.m CAT by their abductors.

The six abductees told local authorities that their abductors were fighters of the 3R movement and that the rebels seized all their belongings including laptops, wallets, mobile phones, and all other valuables.

Local authorities say elements of the 3R movement have resorted to highway banditry and have recently been attacking vehicles and motor bike riders on the Bouar-Beloko highway despite the reinforced presence of soldiers of the national army and their Rwandan and Russian allies.

The 3R rebels on Saturday, May 8,  attacked the positions of the national army in the town of Baboua situated about 24 kilometres from Ndiba village.

The assailants were pushed back by the national army but the shock and trauma caused by the atrocities of the 3R rebels have forced the local populations to be dragging their feet in resuming their normal day-to-day activities.

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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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