FACA Soldier Kills Colleague, Injures Others

Unpaid allowance, pressure from the CPC rebels, are factoring into the misbehaviour of many FACA soldiers.

A soldier of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, has killed one of his colleagues and wounded three others in Bambara, situated in the Ouaka prefecture.

The incident happened on Thursday, June 16, when he opened fire on his colleagues.

No official reason has been given for the behavior of the soldier but some of his colleagues on the scene said he was drunk.

He was reported to have opened fire indiscriminately on his colleagues during a discussion.

HumAngle was informed that the three wounded soldiers are in very critical conditions.

The rogue soldier is currently missing. Information circulating within the army camps revealed that FACA soldiers have of recent been under serious stress due to the delays in the payment of their pittances while rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Peace (CPC) have been mounting pressure on them all over the country.

“Tempers within the camps are always at blade edge and soldiers are ready to shoot at the least provocation,” a senior military officer who opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Bombari.

“These are young people subjected to debilitating pressure at the war front and most of them go to the front on empty stomachs.”

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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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