Five soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, were killed on Wednesday, May 11 by rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) during an attack on the town of Ouadda in the Haute-Kotto prefecture.
The attack which also saw six soldiers wounded and four gendarmes captured by the rebels came just 48 hours after the UPC rebels attacked the town of Bokolobo where they killed 23 persons.
Local sources told HumAngle the rebels were supported by those of the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC) in the attack.
“After the near-complete rout, most of the FACA soldiers fled into nearby bushes and have not been heard from since,” a security source in Ouadda told HumAngle.
According to the source, Ouadda is under the total control of rebel forces but added that Russian mercenaries have been called in to remedy the situation.
About forty FACA soldiers and 10 gendarmes were recently deployed to Ouadda to ensure the security of the population.
“None of the soldiers nor gendarmes is in the vicinity right now because those who were not killed or taken hostage have fled into the bushes,” one Ouadda inhabitant said.
“The Russian mercenaries we hear have been called as reinforcement would have nothing to reinforce except perhaps they hunt for the FACA soldiers and gendarmes who fled into the bushes and drag them kicking and screaming back into the town.”
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