Central African Republic: Five dead after rebel attack | News

The assault comes as nationwide reconciliation talks started this week with neither the opposition nor rebels in attendance.

5 individuals have been killed in an assault by armed rebels on a military base within the Central African Republic (CAR), regional officers have mentioned.

On Thursday, deputy prefect Jean Ulrich Semberkpanga mentioned three of the lifeless within the four-hour assault on Tuesday had been civilians – two ladies and a boy. Martin Kossi, the prefect of the Ouham-Pende area, mentioned two troopers from the CAR’s armed forces had additionally died.

The assault occurred in Nzakoungou close to the borders with Chad and Cameroon, he mentioned.

Authorities have implicated rebels of the Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) faction, one of many area’s strongest armed teams, presenting itself as a Fulani self-defence militia.

A civil struggle within the CAR that started in 2013, pitting a number of militias in opposition to a state on the breaking point, had eased significantly in recent times.

However a couple of yr in the past, combating resumed abruptly when rebels launched an offensive to overthrow President Faustin-Archange Touadera.

Earlier this week, long-promised nationwide reconciliation talks started with no insurgent teams invited, resulting in a boycott by the opposition.

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