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Many Die In Central African Republic Rebels Clash

There have been continuous clashes between rebel groups in the Central African Republic, leaving several injured and nine persons killed.

At least nine persons have been reportedly killed and several wounded following clashes between Unité pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebels and Anti-Balaka combatants in the village of Mbiakreu, situated in the sub prefecture of Ippy located in the centre of the Central African Republic (CAR).

According to information from local sources just reaching the national capital Bangui, the clashes took place on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 around 9 a.m. CAT in the morning and were sparked by the incursion of UPC fighters into Mbiakreu, considered by the Anti-Balaka as one of their fiefs.

“The provisional casualty figures have been put at five dead and seven wounded among the inhabitants of the village as well as four dead among the rebels,” a civil society source revealed.

Several humanitarian sources say the situation in the village remains tense and there is the fear that further violence would erupt again as the two rebel groups remain face-to-face in the sector.

It should be recalled that since the end of 2021, there has been continuous violence between Anti-Balaka militia supported by soldiers of the CAR national army, FACA, their Russian mercenary allies and rebels of the UPC, which is a member of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

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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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