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UPC Rebels Attack Central African Republic Military Base In Alindao

Combatants of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebel movement affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) on Sunday, Feb. 20, attacked a base of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in Alindao.

Combatants of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebel movement affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) on Sunday, Feb. 20, attacked a base of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in Alindao.

No casualty figures have as yet been made public by the military high command.

“The attack started with the detonation of war weapons of all calibres. The combatants of the UPC led by the ferocious ‘general’ Ali Darassa, attacked the FACA position at the entrance into Alindao,” an eyewitness of the fighting told HumAngle.

“Russian mercenaries were eventually called to the FACA rescue beating back the attack.”

According to the eyewitness, the attack started at about 4 p.m. in the evening when the UPC assailants targeted the FACA position at the entrance to Alindao on the Mobaye highway. 

He disclosed that fighting went on for several minutes before the arrival of the Russian mercenaries.

“This time around, the Russian mercenaries responded promptly to the FACA appeal for assistance.

“On several occasions, whenever the FACA troops are attacked by rebels and they call for reinforcements from the Russians, they are most times beaten and bullied to return to the front and face their attackers. This was not the case on this occasion.”

There was however, a detonation that threw the whole town into disarray as the rebels were retreating into the forest.

In the last three months, Alindao has not been targeted by rebels and about 100 rebels have left the bushes to be disarmed.

The few occasions when there was fighting, it was between rebels who have surrendered and their former colleagues who are still in the marquis.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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