The government says the army and “allied forces” have launched an offensive in the village of Boyali, about 90 km from the capital, Bangui.
Central African Republic troops killed 44 rebel fighters participating in an attempt to surround the capital Bangui and topple newly re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadera, the government said.
With the “allied forces”, the Central African army launched an offensive in the village of Boyali, about 90 km (56 miles) from the capital, without causing casualties on the government side and “44 dead including several mercenaries from Chad, of the Sudan and the Fulani. An ethnic group, the government posted on Facebook on Monday.
When the government says “allies,” it usually refers to Rwandan troops and Russian paramilitaries who have been sent to the conflict-ridden country to bolster federal troops.
“Government forces are back on the offensive,” government spokesman Ange-Maxime Kazagui told AFP news agency.
He added that troops had captured the village of Boda, 124 km from Bangui, with the support of Russian fighters.
The rebels controlling about two-thirds of the country launched an offensive a week before the presidential elections on December 27, trying to block Bangui and carrying out several attacks on key national roads.
The country’s six most powerful armed groups joined forces in December, calling themselves the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CCP).
But the capital was protected by a well-equipped force of 12,000 UN peacekeepers from the MINUSCA mission, as well as Central African troops and Russian and Rwandan reinforcements.
On Thursday, the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in an effort to push back the rebels.
The government’s announcement on Monday on the success of the attack is the first time that authorities have released such a precise statement on casualties among all forces other than UN peacekeepers.
The UN has warned of rebels trying to “strangle” the capital by cutting off the three main roads leading to it.
On January 18, the Constitutional Court of the CAR upheld Touadera’s re-election, granting the former math professor five more years in power, although the political opposition continues to challenge the result given the disturbed turnout. which amounted to more than a third.
Violence ignites one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Tens of thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries since December – most crossing the Mbomou River to reach the Democratic Republic of the Congo.