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Fierce Fighting Erupts Between Rebels And Army in Central African Republic

Rebel militias and their allies attacked army positions in a village in Ouaka prefecture in the middle of the country.

There is fierce fighting going on between the military forces of the Central African Republic and rebels in the central region of the country.

Government troops, known as FACA, are fighting militias from the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) which is affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in Ngaboko, a town situated some fifty-six kilometres to the south of Bambari in the Ouaka prefecture.

Eyewitness accounts say the fighting started during the night of Nov 7 when the town was shaken by heavy arms detonations as positions of the national army were attacked by UPC and CPC rebels, as well as their allies.

“There is total confusion in Ngaboko right now and people are fleeing for their lives in all directions”, our source revealed.

The ongoing fighting comes on the heels of a violent attack a week ago on a position of the national army about ten kilometres from Bambari on the Ippy highway and that on the town of Bokolobo on the same day.

According to humanitarian sources, the attack, which has been very violent, started around 8 p.m. when heavily-armed CPC rebels opened fire on FACA positions in Ngaboko, sparking off panic within the population, most of whom are currently hiding in the bushes.

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