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Russian Mercenaries, 3R Rebels Clash In Northwest Central African Republic

The Russian mercenaries after the attack, eventually headed to Paoua, chief town of Lime-Pende prefecture.

The fighting between rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement and Russian mercenaries which broke out on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Kowone locality, situated 35 km from Ndim on the Paoua highway to the northwest of the Central African Republic is still ongoing, HumAngle can report.

Local sources said the Russian mercenaries on patrol attacked a position of the 3R rebels leading to violent confrontation lasting several hours.

The fighting continued sporadically till today morning, a source said.

“On Tuesday November 16, 2021 around 11 a.m. in the locality of Kowone, in the village of Djjakoundou, situated 40 kilometres from Ndim on the Pougole highway, in the prefecture of Lim-Pende, Russian mercenaries on patrol attacked a position of the 3R rebels leading to violent confrontation lasting several hours.”


There are reports that the Russian mercenaries have overpowered the rebels who had withdrawn.

“After visiting havoc on Djjakoundou village, the Russians descended on the villages of Erbo and Mbidoy where they razed down several houses. In their advance towards Erbo village, they came across Chadian motorcycle riders who were on their way to Ndim to drop passengers. On seeing the Russian mercenaries, one of the Peul passengers tried to jump down from the motorcycle and flee. He was mowed down in cold blood by the men of Wagner Security and died later,” our source revealed.

The other passengers on the five motorcycles as well as the riders were arrested and held for several hours by the Russians during which time they were dispossessed of their belongings and money before being dispersed to Ndim for some and towards Chad for others.

The Russian mercenaries eventually headed to Paoua, chief town of Lime-Pende prefecture which is situated about 485 km to the northwest of the Central African Republic capital, Bangui.


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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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