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Russian Mercenaries Die In Clash With FPRC Rebels In Central African Republic

The FPRC were aware that the Russian mercenaries were on their way and laid ambush for them in a clash that saw several deaths and injuries on both sides.

A clash between rebels of the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC), an affiliate of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and Russian mercenaries over the weekend left at least seven people dead including two mercenaries.

The clash took place in Zacko town, situated in the Mbomou prefecture to the southeast of the Central African Republic.

“There were deaths and injuries on both sides. This time around, the rebels were not surprised by the arrival of the Russian mercenaries to the town,” an eyewitness said. 

Local sources said the rebels laid ambush for the Russian mercenaries because they were aware of their coming.

“They were ready for the Russians because they had been informed of the arrival of the Russians when they were still in Bria and Yalinga so the rebels laid an ambush for the Russians. The clashes were very violent,” an eyewitness in Zacko told HumAngle. 

“The Russians arrived at Zacko six hours after the FPRC rebels who had been waiting for them. The ensuing clash left five rebels dead and two Russian mercenaries dead as well.”

Three rebels and two Wagner Security mercenaries were also reported wounded.

Sources from the town say the rebels have withdrawn from Zacko leaving the Russian mercenaries in control.

In Dec. 2021, the Russian mercenaries had quit the mining towns of Yalinga, Zacko, and Bakouma, returned to Bria, and later Ippy. 

They had earlier captured the towns from CPC rebels in April 2021 and installed their bases in the three mining towns.

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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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