Central African Republic Soldiers Recapture Dimbi Town From CPC Rebels, Arrest 5

With the help of the Russian mercenaries, the military liberated the mining town of Dimbi and killed six rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

The Central African Republic national army, FACA, has recaptured the mining town of Dimbi, situated 90 km from Bambari in Kembe sub prefecture of Basse-Kotto to the southeast of the country from the rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

Dimbi was the theatre of renewed fighting Sunday, July 3, when heavily-armed combatants of the CPC rebels attacked the town.

On Monday, June 13, the mining town was recaptured from the CPC rebels by the Central African Republic army,  but the insurgents attacked it again on July 3.

“It was around 5 a.m. when heavily-armed CPC rebels attacked the position of the 11th FACA battalion in the town,” said a local civil society source who craved anonymity. 

The sources said the FACA soldiers retreated to the periphery of the town after several hours of fighting.

“However, after reinforcements from Russian mercenaries who came in by helicopter gunship, the CPC rebels also withdrew to surrounding bushes and were subsequently completely pushed out of the town and its environs at around 11 a.m.”

While the army reported that FACA soldiers killed six CPC rebels and captured five others, it did not reveal the casualties on its own side.

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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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