Yaounde - Police in Cameroon have arrested a rebel leader from neighbouring Central African Republic, Abdoulaye Miskine, suspecting that he might launch cross-border raids, a source in the security forces said on Thursday.
“Miskine was arrested on September 16 while he was in a hotel room in Bertoua,” in eastern Cameroon, across the border from the CAR, the source told AFP, asking not to be named.
General Miskine, the leader of the rebel Democratic Front of the Centrafrican People (FPDC), was taken to the capital Yaounde, “where he is currently in custody of a special police service,” the source said.
“Investigators want to know if he is using Cameroon as a rear base to prepare a possible plan to destabilise” the CAR, the source added, saying that Miskine had spent several days in Bertoua and had also been in the southern port city of Douala.
Miskine and his men last December joined forces with the Seleka rebel alliance that fought its way to power in the Central African capital Bangui in March, ousting president Francois Bozize, who had ruled for 10 years.