Heavy fighting is still going on between the Central African Republic national army (FACA) and rebels of the Central African Coalition of Patriots (CPC) even after the rebels announced a 72 hour unilateral ceasefire.
The town of Bogangolo, situated 172 kilometres from the capital Bangui on the Bouca highway has for the past several hours been the theatre of heavy and light arms detonations.
The clashes in Bogangolo situated in the Ombella-Mpoko prefecture are between combatants of the CPC and FACA formations assisted by the Nepalese contingent of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
The town is situated about one hundred kilometres from Damara, the place of birth of Central African head of state, Faustin Archange Touadera, where the defense forces have been heavily fortified.
In the meantime, the CPC rebels who were forced to flee from Bambari on Wednesday have crossed the town of Grimari and are heading for Sibut, situated about 189 kilometres from Bangui the capital.
Meanwhile, during its weekly press conference in Bangui, MINUSCA announced the reinforcement of its forces in conformity with the integrated security plan for elections signed with the government and the national elections authority.
Fighting continues in several other localities around the country and former head of state, Francois Bozize, who is accused of being the prime mover behind the current upsurge in violence is reported to have left the country for Cameroon. There has however been no independent confirmation of this news.
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