The attack on a village in the north-west of the Central African Republic by rebels caused six civilian casualties on Saturday, the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) said. On Monday, an attack launched by rebels wounded a Blue helmet and killed a Central African soldier in Obo, 900 km east of Bangui.
At least six civilians were killed on Saturday 31 July in Central African Republic, after an attack by rebels on a village located in the north-west of the country, near the border with Chad and Cameroon, announced the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca).
“This morning at dawn elements of Group 3R (Return, Claim, Rehabilitation) launched a large-scale attack against the positions of the Central African armed forces in the village of Mann”, more than 550 km from Bangui, “and temporarily took control”, told AFP Lieutenant-Colonel Abdoulaziz Fall, spokesman for Minusca.
“Six civilians were killed and there are several wounded,” he added. “The situation is under control and control patrols have been conducted in the village and its surroundings by Blue Helmets”.
The information was confirmed to AFP by Bernard Dillah, deputy of this region.
Rebel coalition that sought to overthrow the president
MP Martin Ziguélé, opponent of the president’s regime Faustin Archangel Touadéra, for its part reacted in a statement, expressing its “sadness” after “the attack by the armed group 3R which resulted in seven civilian and military casualties and one person kidnapped by the attackers”.
On Monday, an attack launched by rebels wounded a Blue helmet and killed a Central African soldier in Obo, 900 km east of Bangui.
The 3R, mainly composed of Fulani, are one of the most powerful armed groups in the Central African Republic. At the end of December, they participated in the rebel coalition that sought to overthrow President Touadéra and defeat his re-election.
Government forces have since succeeded in retaking from the rebels the settlements and much of the two-thirds of the country they had controlled for several years, mainly thanks to the reinforcement of Rwandan soldiers and the presence of hundreds of Russian paramilitaries fighting alongside them.
At the request of Bangui, Russia began in 2018 to deploy these paramilitaries, in particular to train the Central African army and ensure the close security of President Touadéra. Their numbers were reinforced at the end of 2020 to come to the rescue of an army very poor in the face of the offensive launched by the rebels.