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Tensions grow between CAR and Cameroon

By Konye Obaji Ori
Posted on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:59

After Seleka rebels ousted CAR President Francois Bozize last March, disagreements ensued between Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebels and one of his subordinates, Abdoulaye Miskine, over who should succeed Bozize.

For the moment the situation is under our total control

Consequently, Miskine, broke away from the Seleka rebel coalition, and formed the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FPDC).

Miskine moved to Cameroon, where he planned to base and launch attacks on the Seleka regime now in charge of CAR.

However, Miskine was arrested in Cameroon and his forces have since sought his release. The border area between CAR and Cameroon has been tense since.

CAR gunmen including Seleka forces and FPDC forces have often raided villages in Cameroon for food.

Last weekend, more than 400 suspected FPDC forces launched an attack in an attempt to free Miskine.

However, the FPDC was countered by Cameroon military, who killed six of the attackers and captured one of them.

“For the moment the situation is under our total control, and order, peace and security has been restored in the attacked village,” Cameroon’s defense ministry said in a statement.

According to reports, a Cameroonian soldier and a villager were killed by FDPC forces on Saturday.

Fighting forces loyal to Bozize, Seleka rebels, and FPDC have attacked schools and hospitals.

CAR, with a population of 4.6 million, is one of the poorest and most unstable countries in Africa.

About 200,000 people are internally displaced, while another 70,000 have fled to neighbouring countries, including Cameroon.

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