Central African Republic Soldiers, CPC Rebels Clash In Bakouma

Multiple sources said the FACA soldiers and CPC rebels were exchanging gunfire to take control of Bakouma, about 130 kilometres from Bangassou in the Mbomou prefecture.

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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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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