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CPC Ambush Convoy, Kill 3 Russian Mercenaries In Central African Republic

According to local forces, the convoy was targeted in Bombo village while a gunfire exchange ensued.

Three Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group were  killed on Saturday, Oct. 2, when their convoy was ambushed by Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebels in Bombo village located in Mambere-Kadei prefecture situated west of the Central African Republic.

According to local security forces, the convoy was targeted in Bombo village while a gunfire exchange that followed lasted for several hours until the arrival of a Russian helicopter on the scene forcing the CPC rebels to flee. 

There were also casualties on the side of the rebels as two rebels on motorbikes were killed during the confrontation and five motorcycles destroyed by the rebels.

However, sources within the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel group say five Russian mercenaries were actually killed in the ambush and three others were seriously wounded.

The 3R claim has not been corroborated by any independent sources, some of which insist that only three Wagner Security Group operatives were killed and two others wounded.

The 3R rebels have tuned-up their attacks against Russian mercenaries within the past weeks in Haute-Bombo.

On Sept. 21 during clashes between Russian mercenaries and their allies of the Central African Republic national army, FACA and CPC rebels in Banga village, Russian mercenary reinforcements were ambushed in the village of Bombo resulting in the deaths of several rebels and Wagner Group mercenaries.

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