Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Rebel forces in the Central African Republic launched a coordinated attack on army units, 9km and 12km respectively from the capital Bangui on Wednesday (13 January),  but were repelled, the United Nations mission in the country has said.

This was the first time that the rebels have struck so close to the city since President Touadera was re-elected on December 27.

The spokesman for the MINUSCA peacekeeping mission said in a statement that the attack was repelled by Blue Helmets together with the Central African forces. Interior Minister Henri Wanzet Linguissara confirmed the news in a statement to the press.

According to the MINUSCA statement a Rwandan member of the force was killed while another was wounded. A number of attackers were killed, while others were arrested.

Central African Prime Minister Ngrebada said that the attackers who came in large numbers to take Bangui had been pushed back and asked citizens to remain calm.

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