Inhabitants of KM5 quarter of the third subdivision in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, were yesterday, Dec. 18, forced to remain indoors as soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, supported by their Russian mercenary allies, completely shut down the zone following rumours of an impending coup d’etat.
According to information from the Ministry of Defense, several members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), disguised as traders, had infiltrated the capital with a view to launching an assault on the presidential palace leading to the toppling of President Faustin Archange Touadera.
“Real fear is palpable within almost all the apparatus of the state in the capital,” an opposition activist who gave his name as Polycarp Zomro told HumAngle this morning.
Local security sources say yesterday, around 3 a.m. defence forces as well as interior security operatives, supported by members of the Russian militia of Wagner Security Group sealed KM5, a locality in the centre-east of the national capital.
The objective was to mark the presence of the armed and security forces and to unmask possible infiltrators. For five hours, the forces searched all the back streets of KM5 before finally leaving the zone at 8:30 a.m.
The national gendarmerie says no suspect was arrested during the operation, but for some individuals without identification documents who were taken to the investigations section of the gendarmerie.
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