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Central African Republic Five people killed in rebel attack.

New recruits for the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) perform a drill during a medal presentation demonstration in Berengo on August 4, 2018. Russian military consultants have set up training for the Central African Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces after delivering weapons to the country. Already trained by the European program (EUTM), the soldiers are trained in the handling of weapons by the Russian consultants. / AFP PHOTO / FLORENT VERGNES

Five peo­ple have been killed in an attack by armed rev­o­lu­tion­ists on an army base in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic (CAR), local offi­cers have said.

On Thurs­day, deputy pre­fect Jean Ulrich Sem­berk­pan­ga said three of the dead in the four-hour attack on Tues­day were civil­ians (two women and a boy). Mar­tin Kos­si, the pre­fect of the Ouham-Pende region, said two fight­ers from the CAR’s armed forces had also been killed.

The attack hap­pened in Nza­k­oun­gou near the bor­ders with Chad and Cameroon, he said.

Author­i­ties have inter­twined rev­o­lu­tion­ists of the Return, Recla­ma­tion, Reha­bil­i­ta­tion (3R) body, one of the region’s most impor­tant armed groups, pre­sent­ing itself as a Fulani self-defence troops.
A civ­il war in the CAR that began in 2013, bend­ing mul­ti­ple troops against a state on the verge of col­lapse, had eased high­ly in recent times.

But about a year ago, fight­ing restart­ed sud­den­ly when rev­o­lu­tion­ists launched an attack to erect Pres­i­dent Faustin-Archange Touadera.

pre­vi­ous­ly this week, long- promised nation­al rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks began with no rev­o­lu­tion­ary groups invit­ed, lead­ing to a boy­cott by the opposition.

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