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UPC Rebels Attack Central African Republic Military Base In Bria

UN said a convoy of all its workers would be escorted out of Bria by UN Blue Helmets.

Bria, the provincial capital of Haute-Kotto situated 595 km to the north of Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, woke up early Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, to the sound of heavy and light gunfire.

According to local security sources, the gunfire was coming from the military base of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, situated in Gobolo quarter of the town as it was being attacked by rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC).

“It was around 4:20 a.m. that our position in Gobolo quarter was attacked by heavily armed men,” a military source told HumAngle Tuesday morning.

“We beat back the first attack but right now the assailants who came in large numbers are attacking us again. Fighting is going on right now.”

Humanitarian sources in Bria confirmed this development and revealed that another group of assailants who came in from the airport area, precisely from Piango quarter, is also attacking the same FACA base in Gobolo.

“The fighting continues and three FACA soldiers have been seriously wounded. The wounded soldiers have been evacuated to the Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic where they are currently receiving appropriate medical care,” the sources said.

The United Nations reports that a convoy of all its workers would be escorted out of Bria by UN Blue Helmets of MINUSCA beginning at 8 a.m. CAT on Tuesday Oct. 12.

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