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CAR: Russian Mercenaries Suffer More Casualties, Lose 2 Soldiers In Koui Ambush

While the exact number of Russian casualties were disputed, the Wagner mercenaries suffered losses to rebels.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group Thursday, Aug. 5, lost two soldiers in an ambush by 3R rebels in Koui, situated in the Lim-Pende prefecture to the northwest of the Central African Republic.

According to local security sources, the mercenaries were travelling in a convoy when they were targeted in an ambush by the 3R rebels who are members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) five kilometres from Wouro Dole village on the Koui highway leading to Cameroon.

There was a heavy exchange of fire lasting several hours until the arrival of a Russian combat helicopter on the scene forcing the 3R rebels to disperse into the bushes.

“The casualty figures stand at three fighters wounded on both sides, two Russian mercenaries killed and one 3R rebel also killed,”  a civil society source told HumAngle Thursday evening.

“Some sources within the 3R forces say four Wagner security fighters were killed but independent sources insist the number of Russian mercenaries killed is two while two others were wounded.”

There has been a marked increase in the number of ambushes by the 3R rebels against the national army and their Russian allies in the sub prefectures of Koui, Abba and Ngaoundaye within the past several days.

Last week, four Russian mercenaries were killed and three others wounded in an ambush by 3R rebels as the Russians were travelling in two vehicles from Yelewa to reinforce national army positions which were under attack in the village of Ndongue Douane.

The Russians and their national army allies were only saved from higher casualties when a Russian helicopter gunship was called in and succeeded in forcing the 3R rebels to flee into the bushes.

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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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