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4 Die In Russian Mercenaries And UPC Rebels Clashes In Central African Republic

The UPC rebels in CAR have been forced to withdraw into neighbouring villages where they are operating from.

Two civilians and two rebels were  killed during clashes between rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafique (UPC) and Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in the village of Maloum, situated 60 kilometres to the north of Bambari in Ouaka prefecture.

According to humanitarian sources, the clashes on Friday Sept. 3 which lasted several hours started around 1 p.m. when a team of Russian mercenaries on patrol in the Ourodjafon council area, fell on an ambush by UPC rebels 10 km to the south of the village of Maloum.

“The Russian mercenaries succeeded in pushing back the UPC assailants right to the centre of Maloum village after fighting lasting several hours,” a local source told HumAngle.

“Two rebels and two civilians were killed and several business places were burnt down.”

“Frightened local inhabitants who were thrown into panic fled into the bushes for fear of becoming targets of any of the belligerents.”

After the recapture of the town of Bambari by soldiers of the Central African Republic national army and their Russian allies, several combatants of the UPC were forced to withdraw into neighbouring villages where they are operating from.

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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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