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Close Aide Of Central African Republic Rebel Leader Killed By Russian Mercenaries

The aide was killed in a clash between UPC and Russian mercenaries, UPC has confirmed.

A close aide of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) rebel leader, Ali Darassa, was killed last week during a fight between UPC combatants and Russian mercenaries in Bokolobo town, Ouaka prefecture.

The death was confirmed by UPC sources. Saleh Ngaina, who is of Chadian nationality like Ali Darassa, was the bodyguard of the UPC leader.

Military operations by mercenaries of the Russian Wagner Security Group against UPC rebels have been discreetly continuing in Ouaka and Basse-Kotto districts on the road from Bambari, chief town of Ouaka district towards Alindao, chief town of the six sub districts of Basse-Kotto.

Saleh Ngaino was a fighter with the ferocious Chadian rebel, Baba Ladde, before joining the UPC of Ali Darassa. 

Meanwhile, Boyo village, situated about 40 kilometres from Bambari on the Ndassima highway in Ouaka district has been recaptured by UPC rebels after Russian mercenaries abandoned it.

It was in Boyo on Saturday, May 15, 2021 that violent clashes happened between the UPC rebels and Wagner mercenaries, where more than 20 civilians were killed.

Following these clashes, the village was for one month controlled by the Russian mercenaries before they abandoned it to be occupied by UPC rebels for the last three days.

Some humanitarian sources say the Russian mercenaries and UPC rebels seem to be playing a game of “ping-pong” in Boyo village.

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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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