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Central African Republic Troops, 3R Rebels Clash In Bocaranga

Fierce fighting was reported to have broken out around 4 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6,  between  rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement, who are allied to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), and the Central African Republic national army, FACA. This occurred in Letele, situated in the Ouham-Pende prefecture to the northwest of the country.

According to eyewitness accounts, the fighting started when 3R rebels attacked national army positions early in the morning and the fighting was still going on as of the time of filing this report.

“There are heavy detonations all over the place and there is total disarray in Letele and neighbouring locations on the Letele-Bocaranga highway,” an eyewitness told HumAngle.

Last week, 3R rebels gave the national army, FACA, an ultimatum to quit their base in Letele within 48 hours, threatening that if FACA soldiers did not heed to the ultimatum, they would start attacking their positions in the various localities in the zone.

Saturday’s morning attack seems to be the beginning of the execution of the threat.


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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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