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Over 100 UPC Rebels Surrender In Central African Republic

More rebels are surrendering to the CAR Gov’t, with some being co-opted into helping capture rebel leaders.

Over 100 rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centreafrique (UPC) rebel movement have surrendered to the government troops.

According to administrative and military authorities in Ngakobo village, the former rebels came out of the bushes voluntarily and asked to be disarmed on  Thursday, Jan. 6.

Among those who surrendered is a UPC commander, Hamadou Robo, who has for long been terrorising the people of Ouaka prefecture, particularly the inhabitants of Ngakobo.

The repentant rebels are being held in the Russian mercenary base in Bambari waiting to be transferred to the capital, Bangui.

Two weeks ago, 100 other combatants of the UPC came out of the marquis in Alindao and asked to be disarmed by the local military authorities.

They were eventually transferred to Bambari and incorporated into the army unit charged with capturing their leader Ali Darassa who is the UPC boss.

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