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Central African Republic Deploys More Troops To CPC Rebels’ Stronghold

The first group of soldiers left on Saturday and a second contingent left the capital on Monday.

The Central African Republic military high command has been dispatching battalions to the Central and Northwest regions of the country to reinforce their positions as the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and their rebel allies continue their attacks on government formations.

“The army has within the past one month been uncomfortable with the increasing presence of armed men identified as elements of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) around Bambari in Ouaka prefecture and also in Ombella-Mpoko prefecture, precisely around the village of Yaloke, situated 225 kilometres from Bangui,” a senior official of the military high command in Bangui revealed.

The senior officer who requested anonymity because he was not the official spokesperson of the army revealed that the military has decided to dispatch at least 1,000 soldiers on the ground to counter the increasing presence and fire-power of the CPC within the Central and Northwest regions of the country.

HumAngle understands that truckloads of soldiers have been leaving Bangui to Bambari, chief town of the Ouaka prefecture since Saturday, Sept. 25.

The first group of soldiers left on Saturday and a second contingent left the capital on Monday, Sept. 27 for Yaloke in Ombella-Mpoko prefecture.

This new massive deployment of FACA soldiers comes on the heels of attacks by the CPC and its allied forces on September 22, in the locality of Biade, situated 20 kilometres from Bambari on the Ippy highway.

They also attacked on Thursday and Friday Sept. 23 and 24, on an advanced FACA post at the entrance to Bambari. The military high command announced on Sept. 27, the presence of armed persons suspected to be CPC combatants around Yaloke town.

“The CPC fighters along with their other rebel allies have been thorns on the fabric of our society in the Centre and Northwest regions of the country and only a massive swoop and concentration of FACA forces in the zones can bring some solace to the already very traumatised citizens in these zones,” a senior military source declared.



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