On December 23, United Nations peacekeepers and national security forces retook the control of the Central African Republic’s fourth-largest town, captured by the rebels.
After a two-hour fire fight with MINUSCA, forcing residents to flee, the members of militia on December 22 called Unity for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) overran Bambari town. Abdoulaziz Fall, the spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSCA said, “The situation in Bambari is under control. The civilians are starting to return. The armed groups have been pushed back into the bush.
There have been no reports of attacks on the civilians, said the town’s mayor, however, the police station, gendarmerie and some homes had been ransacked.