Fierce Fighting Between CPC Rebels And National Forces In CAR

Fighting has broken out in a prefecture north of Bangui, but there has also been reports of “intense” gunfire inside the capital, which has sent people running for cover.

Fierce fighting is going on in the Central African Republic town of Bossangoa, chief town of the Ouham prefecture between rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and the Central African Republic armed forces, FACA.

Eyewitness accounts say the CPC rebels attacked FACA positions in Bossangoa early Nov 28.

“CPC rebels started arriving in Bossangoa last night and early this morning. They started attacking the positions of the national army, FACA and their Russian mercenary allies of Wagner Security Group”, a local source told HumAngle in Bossangoa a short while ago.

No casualty figures are available for now and the fighting is still going on.

“Wagner security helicopters are taking part in the fighting and several rebel positions have already been bombarded as clashes continue until now”, our source revealed.

Meanwhile, intense gunfire was heard in the capital, Bangui in the early hours of Monday Nov 28.

“The gunfire that started around midnight came from various quarters in the capital and it is not yet known who those doing the shooting are and against whom. What is sure right now is that the whole capital has been seized by panic as people have been running helter-skelter to all directions”, a diplomatic source in Bangui said.

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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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