SA troops leaving CAR - union

2013-04-02 18:45
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Johannesburg - South Africa's troops are being withdrawn from Central African Republic (CAR), the SA National Defence Union said on Tuesday.

"What we know now is that only 18 soldiers still remain in CAR; at least 200 of them have been withdrawn and dropped off [at] the border," spokesperson Pikkie Greeff said.

The CAR airport in Bangui was under the control of the French army, which was safeguarding South Africa's equipment until it could be transported back to the country.

Military spokesperson Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said he could not comment on reports that the soldiers had been moved to either Congo or Uganda, according to AP.

"I will only confirm that we still have troops and equipment in the Central African Republic," he said.

He refused to say how many soldiers remained.

Thirteen South African soldiers were killed in a clash with rebel fighters outside Bangui on 23 March.

Another 27 were wounded and had been flown back to South Africa.

They were admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

South Africa sent soldiers to CAR in line with an agreement signed in 2007 in which South Africa was to train the CAR army.

An additional 200 soldiers were sent to CAR when security deteriorated late in 2012, to protect trainers and South African military assets already in CAR.

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