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Central African Republic: CPC Rebels Attack Grevai Village Again, Kill 10 Civilians

Rebels have returned to Grevai village in the Central African Republic, where they killed people, burnt houses and committed other atrocities.

Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebels have killed 10 civilians in an attack on the village of Grevai, situated about 30 kilometres from Kaga-Bandoro.

Several other persons were wounded, while houses were razed and properties looted by the rebels in the attack that took place on Monday, May 17 around 4 a.m. CAT.

“At least 10 civilians were assassinated and several others wounded. The other villagers succeeded in fleeing to the town of Kaga-Bandoro while others ran into the bushes,” a gendarmerie source in Kaga-Bandoro revealed.

There are no national security forces deployed in Grevai village to reassure the villagers of their security at the time this report is being filed.

A senior military officer who refused to identify himself because he was not authorised to talk on behalf of the army, said the soldiers of the national army have not been deployed to Grevai village because they have not received instructions from the Army Headquarters in Bangui, the capital.

Grevai village was attacked two weeks ago by rebels of the CPC forcing over 3000 persons to flee to Kaga-Bandoro where they found refuge in a school.

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