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Rebels Attack Bozoum Gendarmerie In Central African Republic, Free Detainees

The attack by the 3R rebels is supposedly to release some loyalists of the rebel group in detention.

Rebels of the Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) movement affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic on Friday, May 28, 2021 attacked the gendarmerie brigade in Bozoum, a town situated 385 kilometres to the northwest of Bangui, CAR capital.

The rebels, local sources say partially destroyed the gendarmerie brigade and freed all the detainees held there before proceeding to destroy several houses in the town.

The 3R rebels were said to have targeted the gendarmerie brigade because it held some persons supposedly sympathetic to the 3R movement. 

Local security sources told HumAngle that the rebels entered the town through three axes namely the Bozoum-Bouar, Bozoum-Bocaranga, and Bozoum-Bossangoa.

One of their first actions on entering the town was to cut all telephone lines to prevent communication with other parts of the country that could result in the arrival of reinforcements to the national army.

During the course of the attack, soldiers of the national army in the town avoided a heads-on confrontation with the rebels who eventually withdrew from Bozoum without any fight.

As of Friday evening, the rebels had withdrawn from the town, carting away most of the loot from the houses they destroyed.

The attack on Bozoum came 48 hours after the attack on positions of the national army  in Djim town that resulted in the death of one FACA soldier.

As the attack on Bozoum was going on, soldiers of the Bangladesh contingent of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were transporting the corpse of the FACA soldier to Bocaranga where he is expected to be buried today, Saturday May 29, 2021.

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