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Russian Mercenaries Shelling CPC Positions In Central African Republic

The bombardment has been going on almost non-stop since Monday Sept. 13, although no fatality has been recorded, yet.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group are currently carrying out heavy bombardment of Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) positions in Mambere-Kadei zone of the Central African Republic.

The bombardment started with sporadic bomb drops in localities in Beina, notably in the village of Dilapoko situated 90km from Gamboula and has intensified in the sub-prefecture of Amadagaza. HumAngle learnt that since the morning of Monday, Sept. 13, the Russians have deployed three helicopter gunships in localities within Amadagaza sub-prefecture. 

Two of the helicopters transporting 13 Russian mercenaries and three soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, landed on Cameroonian territory in Gbeti village, near River Boumbe which separates Central African Republic from Cameroon.

One of the helicopters with 13 Russian mercenaries aboard landed in Banga village, according to a security source.

The Monday bombing operations lasted for seven hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 7 p.m. there were violent clashes between the Russian mercenaries and combatants of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel movement which is a member of the CPC.

Local security sources told HumAngle that there were no casualties resulting from the two-hour clashes between the Russian mercenaries and the 3R fighters. As the fighting raged, women were seen carrying their children and crossing the border to Cameroon. Russian helicopters are also reported to have bombarded Bombo village situated near Banga village.

“Up to yesterday, September 14, evening, the Russians accompanied by their FACA allies were still carrying out bombing operations in other localities in Mambere-Kadei prefecture,” a local source told HumAngle.

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