Recently, UN peacekeeping troops declared that they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic that was captured by armed groups some two weeks ago. The armed group is allegedly waging a horrible offensive against President Faustin Archange Touadera‘s regime.
Reportedly, the rebels were forced to abandon their positions in Bangassou, which is situated some 750 kilometres east of the capital Bangui. On late Saturday, the force’s spokesman Vladimir Monteiro informed that they fled the city on Friday, after an ultimatum from the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA.
“The city of Bangassou is under the complete control of MINUSCA,” Monteiro said.
Armed groups are waging a nationwide offensive. They captured the city on 3rd January and forced several residents to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Speaking with APF after the UN operation to regain control of the city, Juan Jose Aguirre, the bishop of Bangassou said, “It is a great joy…after thirteen days sleeping outdoors, people will be able to return to their homes.”
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaziz Fall, the spokesman for MINUSCA’s military component, said that the UN force intervened to stop attempts at looting overnight Friday to Saturday.
“The situation is calm and under control and positions that had been occupied by armed groups are no longer,” Fall added.
Notably, six of the most powerful armed groups of the Central African Republic have occupied nearly two-thirds of the country for eight years now. A month ago, they united freshly to wage an offensive.
The coalition declared their offensive prior to the presidential and legislative vote to be held on 27th December. They are aiming at preventing Touadera’s re-election.
The central African Republic- with its landlocked geography- is one of the poorest countries in the world. Ever since its independence from France in 1960, the country has witnessed a continuous string of wars.