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Clash Between CPC Rebels, CAR Soldiers Leaves Several Dead, Others Wounded In Bemal

A three-day long fighting between the Central African Republic army and CPC rebels has led to casualties on both sides.

Several persons are reported to have been killed and many others wounded during three days of fighting between rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and soldiers of the Central African Republic national army assisted by their Rwandan and Russian allies inBemal towards the border with Chad.

“There are several casualties, both dead and wounded among civilians as well as within the ranks of the security forces and the CPC rebels. Military hardware belonging to the rebels was also destroyed,” a senior military officer who refused to divulge his identity because he is not authorised to talk on behalf of the army revealed in Bangui on Thursday.

Though the army was reluctant to reveal casualty figures, local sources told HumAngle that a soldier of the national army was killed and two others wounded.

“Several dead and wounded have been recorded within the ranks of the rebel coalition but exact figures are not available for now. As concerns civilians, one is reported killed and three others wounded,” a resident of Bemal who did not reveal his identity told HumAngle.

Meanwhile, as the sporadic fighting continues, reinforcements by the national army and its Rwandan and Russian mercenary allies are reported to have left Paoua, the chief town of the Lim-Pende district on Monday to assist the combatants in Bemal.

“Sporadic fighting continues around Bemal but the town itself is under the control of the national army, the FACA and their mercenary allies. Though the rebels have been chased out of the town, they continue to launch hit-and-run night attacks creating an atmosphere of insecurity in the town,” a local source revealed.

Due to the fighting in the zone, most activities have come to a standstill and even farmers have been forced to abandon their farms because of harassment by the CPC rebels who have been hiding in some of the farms.

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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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