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UPC Rebels Kill Central African Republic Gendarme In Ngakobo

A gendarme of the Central African Republic national gendarmerie was killed by rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC).

A gendarme of the Central African Republic national gendarmerie was killed by rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) on Wednesday, Dec. 29 during an attack on Ngakobo locality, situated 460 kilometres to the north of Bangui in the Ouaka prefecture.

“The attack was carried out on Wednesday Dec. 29, around 3 a.m. by 10 heavily armed men identified as elements of the UPC, who are members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC),” the Minister of Public Security revealed.

“The clash lasted a little over thirty minutes and the rebels briefly occupied the town after which the defense and internal security forces retook the town.”

The late gendarme was identified as Marius Serge Yagbongo who was of the 27th batch of the national gendarmerie and resident in Fouh quarter of the fourth district of Bangui detached to the unit assigned to protect the Ngakobo sugar refinery.


At the same time, the local gendarmerie brigade in Ngakobo was looted by the assailants.

On the arrival of FACA soldiers and their Russian mercenary allies, the rebels retreated into the bushes to the southeast, towards Kouango.

For several months now, the locality of Ngakobo, situated 50 kilometres to the southeast of Bambari has been the theatre of violent clashes between the security forces and armed groups.

The civilian populations are always the first victims who pay the price for the criminality and barbarity by the FACA and their Russian allies.


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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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