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Govt Troops Recapture Aba Town In Central African Republic

After several years under rebel control, Central African Republic forces have liberated the town of Aba

The Central African Republic government forces (FACA), have recaptured Aba town Aba in the Northwest of Bouar from rebel control.

The town which has for several years been controlled by rebels of the 3R movement, and eventually by fighters of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), was recaptured Monday, April 4, by FACA soldiers supported by Rwandan and Russian mercenaries.

Military sources informed HumAngle that the rebels fled in dispersed ranks into the bushes, or melted into anonymity within the local population, while others headed to the village of Bouli situated more than 150 kilometres from Carnot, on the Amadagaza highway.

“The Carnot population have been expressing disquiet since they received information that 3R/CPC rebel fighters were heading to their locality,” a local source that opted for anonymity for fear of reprisals, told HumAngle last evening.

“Loyalist forces have commandeered motorbikes and are using them to be on the tracks of the fleeing rebels.” 

The sub-district of Aba has within the last months become the bastion of the 3R rebels who have been increasingly harassing, extorting money, and valuables from the inhabitants.

“The rebels have seriously restricted circulation in the sector and have been inflicting heavy physical and financial fines against motorcyclists as well as vehicle drivers and populations on foot,” the source added.

“At the same time, 3R rebels have tightened security around artisanal mining sites and imposed new killer taxes on most of the miners who are mostly foreigners from West African countries.”

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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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