Gendarmes in Bozoum, situated about 385 km from the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, are still searching for three women abducted by combatants of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel movement. 

The women were abducted on Tuesday, Aug. 24 by the 3R rebels who are affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

“This Tuesday, Aug. 24,  around 7 o’clock in the morning, in a small village situated within the periphery of Bozoum, 10 kilometers from the town on the Bossemptele highway, located 385 kilometers from Bangui, three persons, all of them women, were kidnapped,” said a local source.

“The presence of some children among the kidnapped persons has also been reported but difficult to confirm.” 

Shortly after the abduction of the women was reported to the security forces, patrol teams were put in place to pursue the kidnappers.

“However, by the afternoon of Tuesday, the commander of the Bozoum gendarmerie announced that the kidnappers and their hostages had not yet been found by the mixed patrols of the forces of law and order put in place.

“This is an indication that the kidnappers and their hostages have already gone far into the bushes as no sign of them has been indicated,” our source revealed.

On Tuesday, Aug. 17, two young motorbike riders were assassinated by suspected 3R rebels on the same highway, 25 kilometres from Bozoum in the Bossemptele area, causing a three-day general strike by commercial motor bike riders in Bozoum.

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