Soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, and rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) have been in a fierce firefight in Bakouma town, situated about 130 km from Bangassou in the Mbomou prefecture, HumAngle can report.
“Around 3 a.m. this morning of Thursday, June 23, 2022, heavily-armed rebels of the CPC carried out a violent attack on positions of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in the mining town of Bakouma,” a security source told HumAngle.
“It is not clear who controls this southeast town right now,” the source, who lives in Bangassou, added.
Some eyewitness accounts said the rebels could be seen in several parts of the town carrying arms and marching on foot.
However, sources close to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said fierce fighting was going on in the town now, and MINUSCA was giving military assistance to the FACA soldiers.
The support is making it difficult for the rebels to capture the town, one of the sources confirmed to HumAngle.
About 60 kilometres to the west, in the mining town of Nzako, CPC rebels had last month attacked positions of the national army resulting in several deaths, including 11 FACA soldiers.
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