Central African Republic: Rebels attack 3 towns

Sep 17, 2012, 4:59 PM

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) – Three towns north of the capital, Bangui, were attacked over the weekend by a new rebel group.

Damara, Sibut and Dekoa, respectively 75, 185 and 260 kilometers (46, 114, and 160 miles) north of the capital were attacked by a group called the Fundamental Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace.

The private radio Ndeke Luka broadcast Fundamental CPJP spokesman, Colonel HA, who said the rebels intend to march on Bangui and overthrow President Francois Bozize.

A source close to the army said that two soldiers died fighting the rebels at Dekoa.

Reached by telephone, Central Defence Minister Jean-Francis Bozizé confirmed the fighting.

These attacks are a surprise as the CPJP signed a peace accord one month ago, but the new Fundamental CPJP group said it remains unsatisfied.

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Central African Republic: Rebels attack 3 towns