Rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic captured the town of Kembe in Basse-Kotto prefecture situated about 618 kilometres to the east of Bangui the capital, on Friday.
According to eyewitness accounts, the CPC rebels invaded the town at around 2 a.m., causing total panic among the residents.
While they were entering Kembe, news reached Dimbi town about their arrival forcing the entire population to completely abandon the town. The same level of panic has been reported along Satema highway.
“Right now, it is the CPC rebels who control the town of Kembe. No Central African Republic national army (FACA) soldiers are in sight. They are reported to have fled to Alindao, which is fifteen kilometres away from Kembe and are being readied for deployment by air”, revealed a civil society source that opted for anonymity.
The local population in Kembe says the CPC rebels have told them they are on their way to Dimbi.
It should be recalled that on Sunday July 3, 2022 at about 5 a.m. in the morning, heavily-armed CPC rebels attacked FACA positions in Dimbi, situated about 90 kilometres to Bambari.
The attack was pushed back with the support of soldiers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and assistance from Russian mercenaries.
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