Central African Republic troopers repel rebels at capital

The military is supported in its battle in opposition to the rebels by forces from Rwanda, Russia, France and the United Nations.

The preventing started early Wednesday on the entrance to Bangui, close to its PK11 and PK12 areas and within the Bimbo neighborhood, Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada mentioned in a submit on Fb.

“The attackers who got here in massive numbers to take Bangui have been vigorously pushed again,” he mentioned.

Residents described heavy gunfire in varied components of Bangui.

The Minister of Public Safety, Gen. Henri Wanzet-Linguissara confirmed the assaults Wednesday.

“Early this morning, the criminals, the rebels and enemies of the individuals of Central African Republic, the mercenaries and terrorists, together with the Central Africans who lead them, they launched the assault within the Begoua sector. However the protection and safety forces didn’t let their guard down,” he mentioned.

U.N. forces in Central African Republic, referred to as MINUSCA, and different allied forces engaged as nicely, he mentioned.

“We stood up as one man and we routed them. They’re on the run all over the place,” he mentioned, asking Bangui’s residents to be vigilant and sign the presence of rebels in order that they are often tracked.

Abakar Sabone, spokesman for the insurgent coalition and head of navy operations who had warned of an assault on Bangui earlier this month, accused the federal government of being behind the chaos. He mentioned Touadera should signal agreements with the rebels.

“We should defend our nation, defend the pursuits of this nation,” he mentioned. “Whether it is about struggle, we’ve weapons. Touadera has abused the arrogance of the individuals.”

The preventing round Bangui comes one week earlier than the Constitutional Court docket is to rule on the validity of the election outcomes through which the Nationwide Elections Authority mentioned that Touadera gained. The opposition had urged the court docket to order a re-run of the vote due to the insecurity and alleged irregularities.

Former president Francois Bozize has been blamed for flaming the violence, which erupted after the constitutional court docket rejected his candidacy in December. A judicial investigation has been opened into the function of Bozize, who was in exile till returning to the nation in December 2019, in line with the Legal professional Common on the Bangui Court docket of Attraction.

Bozize, who took energy in a coup in 2003 and dominated till 2013, faces a world arrest warrant for “crimes in opposition to humanity and incitement of genocide.” He additionally faces U.N. sanctions for his alleged function in supporting the insurgent teams that resisted the Seleka in 2013.

The mineral-rich Central African Republic has confronted lethal inter-religious and inter-communal preventing since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized energy from Bozize after lengthy claiming marginalization. Resistance to Seleka rule finally led to Muslims being focused en masse, with some crushed to dying, mosques destroyed and tens of 1000’s compelled from the capital in 2014.

A peace accord was signed in 2019 between the federal government and 14 insurgent teams, however intermittent violence and human rights abuses have continued.

AP author Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal contributed.

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