Armed Gang Ambushes, Kill Central African Republic Soldiers

The seven soldiers fell into an ambush by a yet-to-be-identified armed gang in Zarami, Central African Republic.

A yet-to-be-identified armed gang has killed seven soldiers of the Central African Republic, FACA soldiers, including a captain and a woman. 

Local sources informed HumAngle that the armed gang ambushed the soldiers on Saturday, June 11, in Zarami, not far away from Gallo, situated 60 km from Bouar in the Nana-Mambere prefecture to the northwest of the country.

“On Saturday, June 11, a man carrying a woman on a motorcycle to the Gallo health centre arrived at the Zarami roundabout before the FACA checkpoint. He was confronted by a FACA officer who seized the motorcycle from him claiming he had an urgent lesson to deliver at a school in Gallo,” one of the sources said. 

“The FACA captain took the woman the owner of the motorbike was carrying along with him but three kilometres from the FACA checkpoint, precisely in Zarami, unidentified attackers opened fire on the captain and woman. They killed the officer on the spot while the woman he was carrying died later at the health centre.”

On receipt of the information on the death of their officer, heavily-armed soldiers under his command raided the zone where he was killed but they fell in an ambush resulting in the death of seven of them, local sources said. 

The Central African Republic military high command is yet to make a statement on the incident.

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