The UN confirmed on Wednesday, May 22, that gunmen killed at least 26 people across several villages in Ouham-Péndé prefecture on Tuesday, May 21. According to local sources, suspected Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) rebels attacked civilians in the villages of Koundjili and Djoumjoum.
Similar attacks are possible in CAR over the near term.
The Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered recurrent bouts of civil conflict since December 2012, which has led to hundreds of deaths, almost 650,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), and forced more than 550,000 people to seek refuge in neighboring Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Chad.
The May 21 attack is the deadliest attack against civilians since the February 2019 peace agreement.
Individuals present in CAR are advised to monitor local developments, maintain a high degree of situational awareness, and remain vigilant for potential militant activity.
In general, a number of Western governments advise their citizens against travel to most of the east of the country for various security reasons, including due to the presence of armed groups.
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