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3R Rebels Unleash Havoc On Civilians, Burn 18 Motorbikes In Central African Republic

The attack, according to the rebels, was necessitated due to the activities of spy citizens helping the CAR army and Russian soldiers.

Cele village, situated 35 kilometres from Bocaranga on the Man-Mbang highway in the Central African Republic has become a ghost town following an incursion by rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement into the town on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

“The 3R rebels on arrival in the village, targeted young motorbike riders, seized 18 motorbikes and set them ablaze. Majority of the victims were from Mbang and Mbaimboum. They were transporting merchandise and petrol in jerrycans,” a local source told HumAngle on Tuesday.

“The 3R rebels who are members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) accused the motorbike riders of being traitors.”

According to a parent of one of the  youths, “most of the motorbike riders in the village have escaped into the bushes. It has been more than 24 hours since the village was emptied of the youths and none of them is back yet.”

But the rebels insisted that the youths were informants to the Russian mercenaries and CAR soldiers. 

“They are the ones who inform the Russian mercenaries and soldiers of the national army of our positions. Henceforth, whenever we come across them, they will pay dearly,” a fighter 3R told HumAngle on Tuesday.

Eyewitness accounts say the motorbikes were burnt using the petrol the riders were transporting.

Last week in Loura, a locality near Bocaranga, 3R rebels burnt 13 motorbikes and extorted large sums of money from business people and traders attending the weekly market in the village.

A large number of 3R rebels were reported converging on Gbawe village situated about 80 kilometres to the west of Bocaranga a few days ago.

The rebels are reported to have wounded two women in the village, extorted the sum of 120,000 FCFA (about 240 US dollars) from villagers and seized two mobile telephones from villagers.

The wounded women are currently receiving treatment in hospital.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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