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Central African Republic: Bambari Residents Anxious Following Heavy Rebel Gunfire

Fear has gripped the residents of Bambari, Central African Republic following recent rebel attacks.

Residents of Bambari, the provincial capital of Ouaka, situated 385 km from Bangui the Central African Republic capital, have been anxious for the past three days following continuous automatic heavy and light arms detonations.

This is coming on the heels of recent confrontations between elements of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, and rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) movement in the locality of Biade, situated 20 km from Bambari on the Ippy highway, the inhabitants of Bambari fear another UPC attack may be in the works.

“Right now, it is difficult to identify the authors of these heavy detonations but being under a psychosis of incessant UPC attacks, the civilian population is of the opinion that the explosions may be presaging another UPC incursion into the town,” a local civil society activist who opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Bambari. 

Additional defence and security forces have been drafted into the town and they are currently carrying out patrols to reassure the populations.

On Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021, a FACA patrol was attacked by rebels in Biade village resulting in the death of one FACA soldier and one other soldier seriously wounded.

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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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