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CPC, 3R Rebels Capture, Kill Central African Republic Soldiers Near Cameroon Border

The heavy losses has been attributed to the absence of Russian and Syrian mercenaries among FACA.

Several soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, were Tuesday evening, June 22, 2021 captured while many others fled into bushes during clashes with rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and 3R combatants on the border with Cameroon.

Local sources informed HumAngle that the national soldiers have become vulnerable to rebel attacks since their Russian and Syrian allies left the towns of Koui and Bang. 

“Since the Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group and their Syrian allies abandoned the towns of Koui and eventually Bang, FACA soldiers deployed in the area have become vulnerable sitting docks of the CPC and 3R rebels,” a security source said.

“In the evening of Tuesday June 22, 2021 heavily armed 3R fighters attacked the positions of the Central African Republic army based in the village of Kaina in the northwest of the country.”

“After a few minutes of fighting, several of them were killed and others captured alive. The number of those killed and those captured is yet to be determined.”

According to a  civil society activist in Iambe who opted for anonymity, soldiers based in the locality of Djaoro Lim village have fled and crossed the border into the Cameroonian village of Iambe.

“Right now, the heavy and light arms clattering that was heard throughout last night has stopped but the security situation remains extremely preoccupying,” our source revealed.

After the assassination of the Sultan who doubled as the Mayor of Koui, his assistant, and bodyguard by Russian and Syrian mercenaries of Wagner, the Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera decided to repatriate all the Russian mercenaries and their allies who were based in the localities of Bang, Koui and Ngaoundaye, leaving only FACA soldiers in the localities.

However, the FACA forces alone have not been able to withstand the fire power of the rebels and have always opted to flee and those not smart enough are always captured by the rebels as was the case on Tuesday.


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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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