Rebels launch attacks on Central African Republic’s capital

Security forces in CAR repel two attacks by armed groups seeking to seize the capital Bangui on Wednesday, PM says.

Rebel forces in the Central African Republic launched a coordinated attack on the outskirts of the capital, Bangui, before being pushed back, the United Nations mission in the country has said.

Wednesday’s assault marked the first time the rebels have struck so close to the city since President Faustin Archange Touadera was re-elected on December 27th, a vote that followed what the authorities say was an attempted coup.