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UPC KIll Civilian, Injure 3 In Mbollo Village, Central African Republic

The ambush on the travellers was executed by UPC rebels led by the Chado-Nigerien rebel leader Ali Darassa.

One person was killed and several others wounded by rebels of  the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) who attacked Mbollo village, 26 km from Alindao on the Bambari highway.

Local authorities said the attack on Friday, Oct. 15 by the rebels occurred when a vehicle conveying travellers broke down.

“Armed individuals appeared from the bushes and opened fire on the civilians. One person was killed and the individuals later identified as fighters of the UPC led by the Chado-Nigerien rebel leader Ali Darassa, burnt down the vehicle,” local authorities revealed.

The vehicle, transporting merchandise including 40 tons of sugar, had left Bambari town around 4 p.m. CAT on Thursday, Oct. 14,  for the sub-prefecture of Alindao when it developed a mechanical fault in Mbollo village before its occupants were attacked by Ali Darassa’s militia.

“Since the vehicle broke down in the night of October 14, the passengers and driver left one person to be looking after the vehicle while the others who were heading to the neighbourhood to rest were attacked and many wounded.”

“It was the man looking after the vehicle who was killed by the rebels in the morning of Friday October 15, 2021 while the vehicle itself and the cargo it was carrying was burnt a few moments later.”

The wounded persons were immediately transported to the Alindao hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

On Oct. 5, a vehicle that had left Bambari heading to Bangassou was ambushed by rebels in Matchika village, 20 km from Bambari on the Alindao highway and more than 20 persons were killed and several others wounded.

The Central African Republic government later issued a statement attributing the attack to UPC rebels.

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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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