Central African Republic government officials confirmed that the rebels had captured the southern city of Bambari.
The latest development of events comes as the three main rebel groups operating in the country announced that they are joining forces against the government ahead of the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for December 27th.
“The city of Bambari is under the control of armed groups … and there are no signs of violence against the population,” said Mayor Abel Machibata.
For his part, a senior government official confirmed that “the rebels have captured the 4 largest city in the country in terms of population, which lies 380 km north-east of the capital, Bangui.”
Last Saturday, the government accused former President Francois Bozizé of preparing for an attempted coup.