Central African Republic Forces Raid Capital, Arrest Over 100 Foreign Nationals

The joint sting operation was targeted at foreign nationals living illegally in Bangui, the CAR capital. Some of the nationals were suspected of keeping illicit arms and dangerous objects.

Security operatives including the Police have arrested over 100 foreign nationals in a raid across Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

The raid on Tuesday, Jan. 11, saw security forces carrying out door-to-door searches in various districts of the capital including Bimbo and Begoua as well as in the fifth, eighth, fourth, and third districts.

“The main targets of the operations were foreigners living in the country illegally and individuals keeping illicit arms and dangerous objects,” a senior security official who opted for anonymity because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the forces told HumAngle.

Some of the arrested persons were held at the national security company in Bangui while others were transferred to the directorate of territorial surveillance.

The operation was commended by a majority of the population who described it as a good thing for the security of the people because there has been an influx of “bad persons” into the country within the past several months resulting in an increase in the crime rate.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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