The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has shunned what it called "acts of violence" committed by rebels of the People's Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) in the country's north-western region.
In an official statement, the Bangui administration has blamed some actors of stepping out of the all-inclusive political dialogue and operpetrating violence, particularly against the underprivileged communities, kidnapping them and stealing their goods.
The government accused the APRD rebel fighters of executing 16 people in the last three months and stealing humanitarian aids supplies. The rebels later resell the stolen supplies to acquire weapons.
It said the rebels' latest criminal intrigue was the "coward assassination" of two women, one of who was pregnant, in Bogoguiwiri village, 65 km north-west of Bozoum, forcing more than a thousand people to abandon their villages and sought refugee in the CARITAS missionaries.
However, several others, especially stockbreeders, fled the country with their cattle.
The APRD rebel fighters were accused of striking Banoua village, 27 km away from Bozum, setting several houses on fire and killing seven people.
The government expressed its disgust about the incursions, stressing its resolve to deploy the armed forces to crush groups bent on attacking attacking innocent civilians.
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