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Heavy Fighting Ongoing Between Central African Republic Troops And CPC Rebels

The fighting is happening in Alindao, the Central African Republic and FACA, the national army is responding favourably to it.

There is heavy fighting going on in the streets of Alindao situated in the district of Basse Kotto in Central African Republic.

The gun duel is reported to be between troops of the Central African Republic National Army and rebels of  Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

“Rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) invaded the town at about 4:50 a.m. (CAT) today with heavy and light arms directed at the base of the armed forces of the Central African Republic,” a  local source told HumAngle by phone from Alindao.

“After one hour of serious fighting, the clashes have become more ferocious and the rebels are now in control of the centre of the town. The fighting is continuing and it is still early to establish a provisional list of casualties.”

The source further disclosed that a woman has been reportedly killed by the rebels in the compound of the female Mayor of the town, who is also a parliamentarian.

One week ago, Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group carried out mopping up operations against the rebels of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) on the Bambari-Alindao highway.

During the operations, Saleh Ngaina, the bodyguard of Ali Darassa, the UPC leader and who was of Chadian nationality was killed. Several villages were looted by the Russian mercenaries afterwards.

On Friday, June 4, 2021, the evangelical convoy of Pastor Nicolas Guerekoyame-Gbangou, a member of the Interfaith Peace Platform in the Central African Republic was ambushed by UPC rebels about 22 kilometres from Alindao in the centre of the country.

All members of the delegation in the convoy were dispossessed of all their belongings while seven vehicles were set on fire but there were no casualties.

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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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