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Central African Republic Army Recaptures Kaga-Bandoro Town From MPC Rebels

Soldiers of the Central African Republic (CAR) and their allies have liberated another town in the country previously occupied by rebel forces.

The Central African Republic national army (FACA), supported by its Rwandan and Russian mercenary allies Sunday, April 11, recaptured the town of Kaga-Bandoro from rebels of the Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique (MPC).

The MPC is a member of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebel alliance.

According to local humanitarian sources, the government forces and their foreign allies arrived at Kaga-Bandoro from two directions; Dekoua and Mbres.

However, before their arrival, most of the rebels had already fled from the town leaving behind a few who melted into the population and bushes.

The rebels are reported to have fled into bushes and hamlets on the Batangafo highway.

Sources in Kaga-Bandoro, however, disclosed that after recapturing the town, Russian mercenaries immediately started looting and seizing valuables from the local populace.

“The four main big shops in the town were completely looted by the Russian mercenaries,” a local source in the town told HumAngle.

“Relative calm has returned to the town and for now, the loyalist forces have been patrolling the town to reassure the population of their security and that of their properties,” the source added. 

Kaga-Bandoro had for several years been under the occupation of MPC rebels, which is a member of the CPC alliance and one of the armed groups that signed the political accord for peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic.

In 2020, Mahamat Alkhatim,  its leader and the self-proclaimed General had declared that it was time to make peace and take part in the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation and reinsertion programme initiated by the government.

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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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