The Central African government has indicated that it has disabled 44 rebels “including several Chadian, Sudanese and Fulani mercenaries” in the town of Boyali, a hundred kilometers from the capital, Bangui.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Central African government said it had disabled 44 rebels “including several Chadian, Sudanese and Fulani mercenaries” in the town of Boyali, about 100 kilometers from the capital, Bangui. According to the authorities’ claims, 3 prisoners were taken to the capital, after the operation of the Central African Armed Forces, carried out in cooperation with the “allied forces”, in particular the Rwandan soldiers and Russian paramilitaries who arrived as reinforcements to help the country fight. against the rebel alliance of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).
While the announcement has not been confirmed by independent sources, the government has welcomed the success of the operation. “The government forces are back on the offensive,” said government spokesman Ange-Maxime Kazagui. In order to provide additional resources to the security forces, following strikes on the outskirts of Bangui, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra declared 15 days of state of emergency last Thursday.
On December 17, the six most powerful armed groups, which had occupied two-thirds of the Central African Republic in civil war for 8 years, allied themselves within the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), then announced the 19, eight days before the presidential and legislative elections, an offensive aimed at preventing the re-election of President Touadéra.
Despite their determination, the rebels encountered forces far outnumbered and heavily equipped. Some 12,000 peacekeepers from MINUSCA, the peacekeeping force of the UN mission in the Central African Republic, but also hundreds of Rwandan soldiers and Russian paramilitaries dispatched at the end of December by their countries, are to Faustin’s rescue. Archange Touadéra and the Central African armed forces in difficulty on the ground.