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CAR Forces And Allied Forces Recapture 4 More Towns From Rebels

FACA and their Russian and Rwandan allies continue to push rebels out of towns they used to occupy, solidifying the defeat of the rebels in CAR.

Troops of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, supported by their Rwandan and Russian allies have captured four more towns from rebel forces. 

While continuing their sweep to regain the country that had been occupied by rebel groups over the last seven years, the troops recaptured Kembe, Dimbi, Poumbolo and Gambo towns in the southeast of the country from rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

“The CPC coalition is only in the name right now because some of the six armed groups which came together to form the coalition have since changed sides and are now supporting the Bangui regime,” a military source informed HumAngle on Thursday.

“This split in the coalition has weakened the fighting spirit and power of the CPC so they are fleeing from the zones they occupied without a fight. This is what happened in Kembe, Dimbi, Poumbolo and Gambo.”

According to information from local sources, the FACA forces and their foreign allies entered the various towns on Wednesday night, May 5. 

“The CPC rebels had abandoned the towns about a week before the arrival of the FACA forces and their allies. Some of the rebels are reported to be heading north while others are heading westward towards Mboki,” the source revealed.

Local sources said the FACA soldiers and their allies fired celebratory shots into the air on arrival at each of the towns retaken from the rebels.

The sources hinted that normal activities have not yet resumed in the towns as the residents that fled into the bushes and neighbouring communities were still reluctant to come back.

“Most businesses remain closed as the FACA soldiers and their allies continue to patrol the streets and conduct search operations for rebels who may be hiding in some abandoned homes,” HumAngle  was informed.

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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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