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CPC Rebels Burn 2 Trucks In Northwest Central African Republic

This is similar to another attack on supply vehicles carried out last month by rebels Zom, close to the border with Cameroon.

Two trucks carrying goods from Paoua in the Lim-Pende District of the Central African Republic were on Sunday, July 4, 2021 burnt by Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebels in Lia, situated between Paoua and Bozoum, near Gani village.

According to local sources, the two Mercedes-Benz six-wheel trucks were carrying goods and passengers to Bangui when they fell in an ambush by 3R elements who are allied to the CPC.

“When the rebels stopped the trucks, the drivers tried to negotiate with them but just a few minutes afterwards, the rebels decided to burn the vehicles at 1 p.m. (CAR) before leaving the place,” a civil society source told HumAngle.

Exactly one month ago, two trucks transporting merchandise, with one coming from Mbaimboum in Cameroon and the other from Berberati in western Central African Republic were burnt by CPC rebels in the locality of Zom, situated 25 kilometres from Man, near the border with Cameroon.

Since the launching of the offensive by the national army supported by mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group against the CPC rebels, most of the CPC fighters have withdrawn to small villages and have been committing exactions on road users plying highways linking towns in the northwest of the country.

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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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