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Russian Mercenaries Kill 2 UPC Rebel ‘Generals’ In Central African Republic

The death of the UPC generals was caused by mercenaries of the Russian Wagner Security group.

Two self-proclaimed “generals” of the Unity for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) rebel movement including the notorious General Male, have been killed by Russian mercenaries in Ouaka prefecture of the Central African Republic.

Several houses were razed and more than 100 cows were taken away by the Russian Wagner Security Group mercs during the operation on Thursday, Aug.12.

According to eyewitness accounts, the Russian mercenaries’ operation was carried out in the locality of Bokolobo on the road to Kouango against a military base of the UPC rebel group.

“The attack was launched just before midday when about 10 UPC rebels were surprised in their base,” a source told HumAngle.

“Majority of the rebel foot fighters living in the camp had gone to search for food leaving behind them senior officers. The fighting lasted for over two hours and all the installations in the military camp were destroyed.”

“Some senior UPC officers succeeded in escaping but two were killed, including ‘General’ Male a notorious Peul criminal.”

The village of Bokolobo, situated 100 kilometres from Bambari, chief town of Ouaka prefecture, is a stronghold of the UPC rebels.

The village of Bokolobo was captured from the UPC rebels two months ago by the Russian mercenaries of Wagner Security Group. 

It hosts a modern slaughter house which was installed two years ago for use by the UPC leader Ali Darassa and his followers who are former allies of the regime of President Faustin Archange Touadera.

The UPC is now an affiliate of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), which has since its formation in Dec. last year, been fighting to overthrow the government of President Touadera.

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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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