Rebels assault Central African Republic’s capital, says…

BANGUI, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Safety forces in Central African Republic have repelled an assault by armed teams looking for to grab the capital Bangui early on Wednesday, Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada stated.

The assault represents a marked escalation in preventing with insurgent teams that erupted round a disputed Dec. 27 election. The teams attacked cities near Bangui final month however didn’t attain the capital as supposed.

A Reuters witness in Bangui heard explosions and later noticed helicopters circling over town.

“The attackers who got here in massive numbers to take Bangui have been vigorously pushed again,” Ngrebada stated in a publish on Fb, urging residents to stay calm.

The gold- and diamond-rich nation of four.7 million has been hit by violence since former president Francois Bozize was ousted by a rise up in 2013. Hundreds have been killed and greater than one million compelled from their properties. (Reporting by Antoine Rolland Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Modifying by Alison Williams and Nick Macfie)