Soldiers of the Central African Republic national army popularly known as FACA have fled from their positions in the town of Kouango, in the centre-south of the country following an attack by suspected rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC).
The heavily-armed UPC combatants attacked FACA positions in the town around 5 a.m. Thursday morning before taking full control of the town around 7 a.m, according to a civil society source.
“FACA soldiers who were outnumbered were forced to abandon their positions and take to their heels. Right now, they are hiding in the bushes out of the town while awaiting reinforcement of Russian mercenaries who have left the town of Grimari and are on their way to Kouango,” the source revealed.
Local sources in Kouango say the town is steadily being abandoned by the inhabitants who are also heading into the bushes.
The sub prefecture of Kouango was recaptured in March this year by FACA soldiers and their Russian and Rwandan allies seven years after it fell into the hands of the CPC rebels.
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