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CPC Releases Video Of Captured Central African Republic Soldiers

Despite denials by the Central African Republic government, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebels have put out video evidence of two soldiers captured and who have pledged their allegiance to the rebels.

Two soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, who were captured by rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) during fighting in Nzako three weeks ago, said they would fight on the side of the CPC rebellion, HumAngle can report.

The Central African Republic military authorities had earlier debunked claims that two of their soldiers had been captured by CPC rebels in Nzako.

The two soldiers sighted in a viral video on Monday, June 13, declared that they have joined the ranks of the CPC and are now prepared to fight side-by-side with the rebels.

Heavily armed CPC rebels had attacked the national army base in the mining town of Nzako, situated 60 km from Bakouma on the Yalinga highway, on Saturday, May 21, 2022. 

During the attack, the rebels killed the commander of the FACA soldiers in the town and ten of his men.

At the time, local authorities announced that one FACA soldier had been captured during the attack, but two weeks later, the CPC rebels announced that they had arrested two soldiers.

The two videos in which the two hostages announced to their families that they were doing well and would subsequently be fighting on the rebels’ side confirmed the CPC claim. 

According to the local military chief of the CPC, the first soldier was captured during a fight, while the second was captured while hiding in a house after escaping from the front.

The Bangui government had declared that none of the soldiers of the national army had been captured by the rebels.

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