Injured Rebel Commander Dies In Central African Republic

Ousman Abakar, alias Sisankeri, led the attack on Sunday, July 3, but was wounded in the clashes between his group and the Central African Republic troops.

A self-proclaimed “General” of one of the armed groups, Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) in the Central African Republic, has died after he sustained injuries during an attack by his forces on the town of Dimbi in Basse-Kotto prefecture.

Ousman Abakar, alias Sisankeri, led the attack on Sunday, July 3, but was wounded in the clashes between his group and the Central African Republic troops. 

Abakar was the commander of UPC forces in Kouango, the chief town of one of the five sub-prefectures of Ouaka prefecture, situated 139 kilometres to the southwest of Bambari. 

In 2021, following the recapture of the town by government forces, he withdrew with his troops to Dimbi in Basse-Kotto prefecture.

However, on Sunday, July 3, around 4 a.m., he and his men attacked positions of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in Dimbi. 

During the fierce fighting that followed, FACA forces supported by Russian mercenaries and UN Blue Helmets of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) pushed back the UPC combatants, killing 12 of them, including “general” Hassan Senoussi, who replaced former UPC “general” Shorongo former zonal commander in Gouya.

Five UPC rebels were wounded during the fighting, including Abakar.

Despite this significant loss, the UPC insists on preparing for a more vigorous attack on Dimbi as reprisal for the death of “General” Ousman Abakar.

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