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Russian Mercenaries Suffer 4 Casualties After 3R Rebel Attack

The 3R rebels have been recording battle successes on the FACA and Russian mercenaries because of their familiarity with the terrains at Niem-Yelewa, Abba, Baboua, Bondiba, and Gallo.

Four Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group were killed on Monday July 26, while three others wounded in an ambush by rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement in the locality of Ndongue Douane situated in the Northwest of the Central African Republic.

According to local security sources, the Russians were dispatched to reinforce Russian and national army positions that were under attack by the 3R rebels when their vehicle fell under a rebel ambush.

“The Russians were travelling in two vehicles and left the town of Yelewa on their way to Ndongue Douane where FACA forces and Russian mercenaries were under attack by 3R rebels. Four Russians were killed and three others wounded,” one of the sources told HumAngle.

“A helicopter was urgently requisitioned and eventually dispatched to Ndongue Douane to evacuate the bodies and the wounded to Berongo where the Russians had installed an emergency hospital.”

Sources hinted that the helicopter, before landing, used its gunship to fire at the 3R rebels on the ground, forcing them to disperse into the bushes. This, they said, created room for the helicopter to land and evacuate the Russians. 

The attack last Monday on the FACA positions in Ndongue Douane resulted in the deaths of two soldiers while two others were wounded. Casualty figures on the side of the rebels remain unknown.

Within the past several weeks, 3R rebels have been repeatedly attacking the FACA positions in the localities of Niem-Yelewa, Abba, Baboua, Bondiba, and Gallo.

Most times, the FACA soldiers and their Russian mercenary allies are helpless in the face of the attacks because they are not familiar with the terrain which is very well mastered by the rebels.

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