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CAR – Over 100 UPC Rebels Surrender In Alindao

In what is seen as the biggest single surrender of their combatants for the past one year, over 100 rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) movement laid down their arms on Tuesday, Dec. 21, in Alindao.

In what is seen as the biggest single surrender of their combatants for the past one year, over 100 rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) movement laid down their arms on Tuesday, Dec. 21, in Alindao.

According to local authorities, “This Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, 24 elements of the rebel UPC group came out of the marquis to ask that they be disarmed.”

“Four of them came out on the Nzerete highway about 17 kilometres on the Bambari road, eighteen on the Mingala highway, and two on the Kongbo highway.”

Eighty others surrendered on Tuesday.

“Among those who surrendered were  ‘generals’ of the UPC, including the chief rebel, Ben Laden, who has for a long time terrorized the populations of Basse-Kotto.”

The repentant rebels are  being held in the Russian mercenary base in Alindao waiting to be transferred to the national capital Bangui.

About a month ago, 10 rebel combatants of the UPC came out of the marquis and asked to be disarmed by the local military authorities.

They were eventually transferred to Bangui but later redeployed by the Russian mercenaries to Bambari to fight against their former colleagues who are still yet to surrender.

The former bodyguard to chief rebel, Ali Darassa, self-proclaimed ‘general’ Kiri, who has been participating in the dismantling of UPC rebels, was wounded at the front.


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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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