3R Rebels, Russian Mercenaries Clash In Central African Republic

Central Africa Republic military sources revealed there has been one dead and one wounded on the side of the 3R rebels as sporadic fighting continues.

There have been ongoing clashes between the rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement and Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in the locality of Amadagaza situated in Mambere-Kadei prefecture which is 139 kilometres to the northwest of Berberati in the west of the Central African Republic.

Security sources told HumAngle that the Russian mercenaries have deployed two combat helicopters to help them as the 3R rebels seem to be having the upper hand.

The clashes started last weekend when the Russians attacked the rebels’ positions, according to local sources. 

“On Saturday, April 16, around 3 p.m. Russian mercenaries on motorcycles attacked the positions of the 3R rebels in the locality of Amadagaza, 25 kilometres from the town near the Boumbe river which separates the territory of Central African Republic from Cameroon,” one of the sources said.

“The initial fighting lasted for about two hours and stopped around 5 p.m. No official casualty figures have been made available for now.”

Military sources revealed there has been one dead and one wounded on the side of the rebels as sporadic fighting continues.

One Russian mercenary was also reported wounded.

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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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