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Five Russian Mercenaries Killed In CPC Rebel Attack On Banga, Central African Republic

In the most recent attack in a series of attacks on Russian mercenaries in Central African Republic, five Russian mercenaries were killed by rebels from the CPC group.

Five mercenaries of the Russian Wagner Security Group were killed in an ambush by combatants of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebel group in the locality of Banga in the Mambere-Kadei region of the Central African Republic.

Three rebels were also killed and three others seriously wounded on Monday Oct. 11 during the attack. 

This new fatality on the part of the Russian mercenaries comes a week after three other Wagner Security Group combatants were killed in Bombo village.

According to local security sources, the Russians were travelling in a military convoy comprising three motorcycles and two four-wheel drive vehicles when they fell into an ambush by rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement  who are members of the CPC.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday evening, a Russian military helicopter landed in Banga and transported the corpses of the killed mercenaries as well as the wounded to Bangui, the national capital.

The government of President Faustin Archange Touadera is yet to make a statement about the dead and wounded Russians.

The 3R rebels have within the past several weeks increased their attacks on Russian mercenaries and their allies of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in the Haute-Bombe council area.

On Sept. 21 during clashes between the Russian mercenaries supported by FACA forces and the CPC rebels in Banga, Russian mercenary reinforcements from Bombo town were ambushed by the rebels, resulting in the death of a yet to be determined number of Russians as well as rebels.


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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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