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MINUSCA Intensifies Military Operations Against 3R Rebels In Central African Republic

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic popularly known by its French acronym MINUSCA has announced that it is continuing its military operations against fighters of the Retour, Reclamation et Rehabilitation (Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation) 3R movement in the northwest of the country.

According to MINUSCA spokesperson, Vladimir Monteiro, the operation, codenamed “Alo Londo”, has been targeting Niem, one of the bastions of 3R in the Nana-Mambere prefecture which had earlier been recaptured by Central African Republic armed forces.

“Some 3R rebel fighters have been spotted in Lo, a village situated on the Bouar-Bocaranga highway. The operation is intended to force the 3R movement to leave the zones it illegally occupies in order to facilitate the free movement and protection of civilians in the region,” the MINUSCA spokesperson announced during a joint MINUSCA-government press conference.

“The Blue Helmets of the Tanzanian battalion this week clashed with elements of the 3R armed group in the locality of Gbambia, Mambere-Kadei Prefecture, while at the same moment, those of the Rwandan contingent repulsed a 3R attack in Gedze, in the Nana-Mambere Prefecture,” spokesperson Monteiro revealed.

The MINUSCA spokesperson revealed that on Tuesday, July 21, in the village of Lo, situated about 65km from Bocaranga on the Bouar highway, combatants of 3R murdered one person, forcing the inhabitants of the village to flee into the bushes. This barbaric act followed an earlier one on July 16, 2020 when fighters of the same rebel group executed five members of the same family in Loura, a village situated 20km from Bocaranga.

On July 13, 2020, a Rwandan soldier, Sgt. Edouard Nsabiyaremye, taking part in the MINUSCA “Alo Londo” operation was killed in a 3R attack on the village of Gedze in the northwest of the country.

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