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Russian Mercenaries Recapture Nzako Town In Central African Republic

Rebels continue to lose territories in CAR as Russian mercenaries recapture Nzako town.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security group who left Bria last week towards the southeast of the Central African Republic, have recaptured Nzako town, situated 60 kilometres from Bakouma.

The Russian mercenaries and their Syrian allies succeeded in forcing the CPC rebels into abandoning several localities on their march to Nzako which they entered Tuesday, April 27.

On arriving in Nzako, the Russians discovered that the CPC rebels had already abandoned the town three days earlier aboard three four-wheel-drive vehicles and 10 motorbikes and headed to the north from the town.

However, normal activities are yet to resume in Nzako as the population, some of whom fled into bushes, are still reluctant to return to their homes for fear of the Russiansā€™ indiscipline bringing harm to them.

Meanwhile, Bakouma town is reported to be calm and the presence of CPC rebels who were alleged to be hiding in the town after being routed from Bria is not visible right now.

ā€œIf they are hiding here, they are yet to make their presence felt. We are told they usually torture and extort money from civilians in the various localities they occupy. We are not seeing them and they have not done anything here yet,ā€ George Koutou, a resident told HumAngle last evening.

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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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