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Russian Mercenaries Kill 3R Leader, Others In Central African Republic

The 3R rebels had launched an attack on some positions, causing the Central African Republic army to call for reinforcements which the Russian mercenaries provided.

A yet-to-be ascertained number of senior officers of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel group and their military chief, ‘General’ Kaou Ladde, were killed on Friday March 25, in an ambush by Russian mercenaries between Paoua and Pougole.

Local security sources told HumAngle the incident took place around 6 a.m. [CAT] in a little camp situated 60 km from the Chad border with the Central African Republic.

“The Russian mercenaries on motorcycles were from Paoua and took a rural road towards Pougole near the border with Chad,” a source said.

“Before arriving in Pougole, they met some clandestine motorcycle taximen from whom they tried to squeeze out information on rebel movements but the bikers denied having any such information.”

“To force the bikers into giving them information, they killed one of them in cold blood in the presence of his colleagues.”

Sources revealed the frightened riders immediately revealed the hideout of the rebels to the Russians.

“The Russian mercenaries finally located the rebels and systematically encircled them and opened fire at around 6 a.m. The rebel chief of staff, Kaou Ladde as well as three of his officers and several sub officers were killed on the spot.”

“Also killed was ‘General’ Djakakoutou Ibrahim and ‘Colonel’ Dido who died later from his wounds. A lieutenant was wounded and died later. ‘General’ Djoborodje was wounded and it is not now known whether he is still alive or dead.”

On the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 3R rebels who are members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) attacked several army positions in Nzakoundou villages, situated about 72 km from Bocaranga on the Ndim highway forcing the FACA soldiers to abandon their positions. 

The FACA soldiers later called for reinforcements from the Russian mercenaries who were stationed in Paoua resulting in the fighting on March 25 that left the 3R chief and several of his aides dead.

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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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