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Anti-Balaka Christian Rebel Group Leader Arrested In CAR

A senior militia leader of the Anti-Balaka Christian rebel movement in the Central African Republic was arrested Tuesday morning by security forces.

According to eyewitness accounts, the militia leader whose name was given as Yvon Konate, was arrested three kilometres to the locality of Bossembele, in the Ombella-Mpoko prefecture on the Bossangoa highway at a checkpoint mounted by the police.

Although he did not give information concerning his destination, reliable sources within the police told HumAngle in Bangui last evening that Yvon Konate was probably on his way to join the clan of the former head of state Francois Bozize who is currently in Bossangoa within the Ouham prefecture.

“As at this morning, Wednesday, December 16, 2020, Yvon Konate is in a plane being transported to Bangui where he would be handed over to the Prosecutor General for eventual trial in the coming days,” a police source who pleaded for anonymity revealed.

Meanwhile, there is a panic in Bossembele on the Bossangoa highway following the arrest of Yvon Konate and latest reports say that a heavily armed column of militiamen was seen this morning in the area.

It is highly suspected that the combatants might be heading to Bossembele in the hope of releasing their leader, though he is already on his way to Bangui by air.

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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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