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Central African Republic’s Town Falls Into Hands Of CPC Rebels

Rebels of Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic have again, captured the town of Mbres, just 24 hours after the town was liberated by Russian mercenaries.

Twenty-four hours after the town Mbres in the Central African Republic was liberated from the rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), the town  on Saturday, March 27, was recaptured by the rebels.

Mbres, a chief town in the Nana-Grebizi district situated 67 kilometres from Kaga-Bandoro, and 415 kilometres from Bangui, the capital, was captured from the rebels by the Russian mercenaries.

But it was recaptured without a fight as the Russian mercenaries who were occupying it had left for the town of Bamingui, situated 120 kilometres from Ndele before the arrival of the CPC fighters.

The town was taken from the CPC rebels by Russian mercenaries on Friday, March 26, leading to jubilation among the residents due to the harassment and torture to which the rebels had subjected them.

However, the celebration was short-lived as the Russian mercenaries were forced to abandon the town to which the CPC rebels returned without firing a single shot.

“The rebels who were chased away by Russian mercenaries 24 hours earlier, have massively returned to Mbres to the chagrin of the local people,” a resident told HumAngle.

Meanwhile, on arrival in Bamingui, the Russian mercenaries marched straight to the Abakava airport where they have installed their bridgehead.

“The decision to pitch camp in the airport is to enable the Russians to fly cargo in and out without surveillance from local authorities.

“This free movement of men and material without official control is one of the provisions of the arrangement entered into between the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera and the Russian mercenaries,” revealed a security source in Bangui.

The Bamingui-Bangoran district to which the Russians have moved from Mbres is very rich in minerals such as gold and diamonds, and other natural resources found in the Manovo-Gounda, Saint Floris and Bamingui-Bangoran National Parks.

The installation of the Russians in the region is thus for very strategic reasons.

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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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