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Suspected Rebels Attack Mining Site In Central African Republic

A parliamentarian said the suspects at the moment are 3R rebels, who are taking advantage of insufficient military presence in the area.

Six persons were killed and one other seriously wounded on Monday morning, Feb. 7, during a gun duel at a mining site in Nguia-Bouar village, 100km to Baboua in the Nana-Mbere prefecture.

Benjamin Fionam, a member of the Parliament for Baboua 2 who disclosed the details of the incident on Tuesday, Feb. 8, said the attackers were suspected to be members of the 3R rebel group.

“Yesterday at about 9 a.m (local time), several members of the public on the spot in Nguia-Bouar called to inform me that there were killings carried out by unidentified assailants who are enemies of peace,” Fionam said.

“After the shootings, two seriously wounded persons were transferred to the Baboua hospital for appropriate medical attention. Five persons died on the spot in addition to two others who had earlier been transferred to the Baboua hospital.”

He added that one other person among those injured died later at about 11 p.m. on Monday.

“What I am being told is that the assailants are criminals suspected to be 3R rebels who were recently dispersed by the security forces but who regrouped and returned to further attack the population.”

The Member of Parliament said the criminals have been taking advantage of the lack of enough forces of law and order in the area to continue to visit mayhem on the civilian population.

He called on the government to reinforce the number of security forces in the area as well as step up vigilance in order to reassure the population of their safety.

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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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