Potential Hot Spots: November 29, 2002


Government troops backed by Congo militiamen expelled rebels from Bossembele (157 km from the capital), thereby ending weeks of occupation of that northwestern Central African Republic town. State-owned Radio Centrafrique said that five rebels were killed and many homes burnt, but that only a "few" government soldiers were wounded in the 26 November action. A French driver's license was also found there, which the government claims supports their suspicions that Caucasian mercenaries were among the rebels and Chadanian forces. The town straddles the 454-km Bouar-Bangui road, which links the CAR capital to the Cameroonian port of Douala. Government troops are still trying to secure the remaining rebel-occupied parts of the country. - Adam Geibel


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