At least six soldiers murdered Thursday in an attack on a military station in southeast Central African Republic, a local official and a hospital director said on Friday, the latest recorded incident in a decade-long conflict.
Members of an association of armed organisations known as the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) attacked a military base on the outskirts of Bakouma town early Thursday morning, according to a local government source who requested anonymity due to security concerns.
He reported the deaths of six troops and four insurgents.
The incident was verified on condition of anonymity by the superintendent of a hospital in the adjacent city of Bangassou, where dead and wounded troops were sent.
Since 2013, when a coalition of primarily Muslim Seleka rebels deposed then-President Francois Bozize, the mineral-rich Central African Republic has been engulfed in bloodshed, prompting retaliation from predominantly Christian militias.
In recent years, the army – supported by UN peacekeepers, Russian and Rwandan forces – has been battling CPC militants aiming to overturn the decision of a December 2020 election in which President Faustin-Archange Touadera was re-elected for a second term.
The United Nations has accused all parties of atrocities ranging from summary executions to torture, sexual assault during combat, and the deployment of child soldiers.
It has lost over 160 peacekeepers in a war that has resulted in the displacement of over one million people.