AA / Peter Kum
Two Central African soldiers were killed and four Russian mercenaries wounded in an attack on a Central African army position near Kaga-Bandoro, in the center of the country, corroborating sources were told on Monday.
“The town of Kaga-Bandoro, capital of the Nana-Gribizi prefecture was shaken” Sunday, September 19, by “an attack by rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) against a position of the Forces Central African armed forces (Faca) and their Russian allies in the village of Kakomalé on the Grevai axis, ”the local newspaper“ Corbeau News ”(Independent) reported.
“The fight between the rebels and the army was very violent. We lost two of our soldiers and four of our allies, including Russian instructors, were seriously injured. The victims were evacuated by helicopter to Bangui, ”Abdoulaye Mahamat, prefect of Nana Gribizi, told Anadolu Agency.
According to “Corbeau News”, the rebels surprised the Central African soldiers in three of their positions.
The attack was repulsed by the Central African army and its allies who regained control of the locality.
“The rebels had to withdraw after destroying the checkpoint erected by the Faca and the Russian mercenaries in this village,” the newspaper noted.
This new attack by the rebels of the Patriots for Change coalition in Kaga-Bandoro caused panic among the population.
“Since Sunday, several people have been hiding in the bushes. They fear the rebels might come back for more attacks. The businesses are closed and no one went out on Monday to go to the field, ”Enoch Nago Ngoya, president of the Kaga-Bandoro Association of Displaced Persons, told Anadolu.
The city of Kaga-Bandoro, located 300km north of Bangui and controlled since 2014 in particular by rebel leader Mahamat Alkatim, of the Patriotic Movement for the Central African Republic (MPC), was taken over on April 12 by the Central African armed forces.
After five years of absence, the Faca briefly returned to the area in 2019 after the signing of the Central African peace agreement, concluded in early February of the same year between the government and fourteen armed groups.
An important crossing point for transhumance, the locality of Kaga-Bandoro hosts the largest cattle market in the Central African Republic.
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