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Central African Rebels Capture Bangassou

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Rebel forces have partially captured the southern city of Bangassou in the Central African Republic (CAR) weeks after the highly contested elections.

Rebel forces have partially captured the southern city of Bangassou in the Central African Republic (CAR) weeks after the highly contested elections. 

The occupiers were suspected to be 3R rebels (3R -Retour, Réclamation, Réhabilitation) and the Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central African Republic (FPRC) rebels along with some mercenary units. 

Rosevel Pierre Louis, head of the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA’s regional office said that five rebels and two government soldiers have been killed in the initial clashes.

Louis added that the rebels were suspected to be allied with former President Francois Bozize who was trying to obstruct the presidential and legislative elections.

Bengassou Catholic Bishop, Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz,  said the city was calm but there had been looting and that some residents have already evacuated.  

The UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) condemned the military actions and called for orderly elections.

“There is no doubt that all these attacks take place in a context of disruption of the elections — before, during, and after the polls,” said the UN Special Representative and Head of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) Mankeur Ndiaye.

So far UN Peacekeepers along with Russian and Rwandan forces have kept the rebels away from the capital.