Rebels of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC), led by Chado-Nigerien Ali Darassa, are attacking positions of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in Alindao, situated about 550 km to the north of Bangui the capital.
“It was around 3 a.m. this Thursday morning that the assailants attacked our positions. Fighting is going on and our men are squarely facing the assailants,” declared a senior military officer in Bangui.
According to an inhabitant, the assailants were at the centre of the town as of the time of this report. “They are circulating around the town and are shooting at random with their guns,” a local source said.
“We don’t know where the soldiers of the national army are now and we doubt whether they are still in the town or they have withdrawn in the face of the rebel attack. We don’t know the casualty figures, if any.”
Rumours of an imminent attack on Alindao by the rebels have been circulating for about a week now and some inhabitants have since left the town in large groups and are currently taking refuge in sites for displaced persons in the Catholic church or in the hospital.
As of the time of this report, the FACA forces have been joined by their Russian mercenary allies of the Wagner Security Group and the UPC rebels are gradually being pushed to the periphery of the town.
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