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FACA, Russian Mercenaries Dislodge 3R Rebels In Djakoundou, Central African Republic

The rebels were attacked on January 2 in an onslaught that lasted hours.

The rebels of Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement lost a fighter while another one was injured when their position in Djakoundou village, 10km from Kohwone, was dislodged by the soldiers of the Central African Republic, FACA, and their Russian mercenaries allies.

Civil society sources told HumAngle that the incident happened on Sunday, Jan. 2, during which the onslaught against the rebels who are affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) lasted over two hours.

“The operation carried out this Sunday, Jan. 2, by Russian mercenaries and FACA soldiers very early in the morning around 6 a.m. in the village of Djakoundou in the Lim-Pende prefecture lasted a little over two hours,” a source revealed. 

The army did not say if there were casualties on its side, but the civil society source said reports from hospitals indicated “there were deaths and wounded people.”

“On the side of the rebels, one rebel was killed and another one wounded in the leg,” the source revealed.

According to locals in the area, some rebels were still seen roaming the streets of Djakoundou but the locality was completely deserted by the inhabitants who had no choice but to quit their houses and flee into the bushes.

HumAngle learnt that the FACA soldiers and their Russian allies retreated towards Pougole and were heading towards Paoua. 

Pougole, Kohwone and their environs have for several years been the targets of attacks by rebels and government forces while the civilian population has always been the victims of the war.

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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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