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Central African Republic Army, UPC Rebels Clash In Ippy

In a similar development, a Russian helicopter gunship was brought in to pound several villages on the Maloum-Goulougou highway

Troops of the Central African Republic Army supported by their Russian allies of the Wagner Security on Tuesday, Oct. 26 were involved in a firefight with the rebels of  the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC)

A yet to be ascertained number of rebels was reported killed in the clash that occured on the Bambari-Maloum highway towards Ippy.

Security sources told HumAngle that the fight between the government troops and the rebels has continued but the army has not disclosed its own casualties. 

Local sources told HumAngle that “Coalition forces of FACA and Wagner mercenaries again violated the unilateral ceasefire proclaimed by the head of state by attacking four checkpoints held by elements of the UPC rebel group of Ali Darassa at the Balission crossroad, provoking violent confrontations lasting several hours.”

“Several combatants died on both sides” one of the sources revealed.

“After the clashes, FACA soldiers and their Russian allies made a stopover in the Boini village, destroying several houses and wounding ten civilians, among whom were children.”

“That was not all, as several hours later, a Russian helicopter gun ship was brought in to pound several villages on the Maloum-Goulougou highway.”

Residents of the affected villages have fled 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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