Russian Mercenaries Arrest 30 Central African Republic Soldiers For Supporting Rebels

FACA soldiers left their positions in the border localities of Ngaoukala and Hassana, but the Russian mercenaries arrested and detained them.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group have arrested 30 soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, on suspicion of collaborating with rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and abandoning their base.

The Russians are detaining the FACA soldiers in the military correctional prison of Bouar in the Nana-Mambere prefecture.

HumAngle understands that 40 FACA soldiers who were manning the border localities of Ngaoukala and Hassana withdrew from their positions because of the precarious situation.

“After withdrawing from their positions in the localities of Lim-Pende situated to the northwest of the country, some of these soldiers went to Bocaranga in the Ouham-Pende prefecture and others to Bouar, the chief town of Nana-Mambere prefecture,” local administrative sources told HumAngle.

According to the sources, the Russians took this withdrawal as desertion that must be punished. One of the sources said they ordered the FACA soldiers to report to Bouar, where they were disarmed and thrown into prison.

“Right now, it is the Russian mercenaries taking guard where the FACA soldiers are held to avoid the soldiers being released by their Central African Republic colleagues.”

The dossier of the FACA soldiers has been handed to the military high command, which has the final decision on the fate of the soldiers.

On the part of the families of the detained soldiers, there has been a general sigh of relief.

“With the events that happened during the last weeks in certain towns of the country, the essential now is that they are alive,” said the father of one of the imprisoned soldiers.

During a patrol by Russian mercenaries in the locality of Kaita, rebels chased them and set fire to some of them, forcing them to abandon their equipment and a military drone.

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