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Rebels assault Central African Republic’s capital, says PM

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Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera addresses the media exterior a polling station, after casting his ballots through the Presidential and legislative elections at a polling station in Lycee Boganda, Bangui, Central African Republic

Safety forces in Central African Republic have repelled an assault by armed teams looking for to grab the capital Bangui early on Wednesday, Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada mentioned.

The assault represents a marked escalation in combating with insurgent teams that erupted round a disputed Dec. 27 election. The teams attacked cities near Bangui final month however didn’t attain the capital as supposed.

A Reuters witness in Bangui heard explosions and later noticed helicopters circling over the town.

“The attackers who got here in giant numbers to take Bangui have been vigorously pushed again,” Ngrebada mentioned in a submit on Fb, urging residents to stay calm.

The gold- and diamond-rich nation of 4.7 million has been hit by violence since former president Francois Bozize was ousted by a rebel in 2013. Hundreds have been killed and greater than one million compelled from their houses.


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Mitchell Trevor is our political analyst and information reporter based mostly out of U.S.

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