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2 Children, Woman Killed By Russian Mercenaries In Letele, Central African Republic

On Friday, Sept. 17, tens of Russian mercenaries on motorbikes and pick-up vehicles arrived in Loura council, unleashing mayhem in their path.

Two children and one woman were killed by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in the Alhadji Boudaw breeding camp situated a few kilometers from the entrance to the village of Letele, about 20 km from Bocaranga on the Ndim highway. The victims were killed on Friday, Sept. 17, a local source told HumAngle.

“The Russian mercenaries arrived in the locality on motorbikes and went to the breeding camp of Alhadji Boudaw,” the source said. “On arrival at the camp, they met two children aged 13 and 15 years and shot them at point blank range.”

“A woman who was a farmer and who came to the camp to sell her cassava to the family of the killed children was also savagely shot dead by the Russian mercenaries.”

On Friday, Sept. 17,  tens of Russian mercenaries on motorbikes and pick-up vehicles arrived in Loura council, situated 40 km from Bocaranga.

“Immediately they arrived in the area around 2 p.m., they started looting business places and seizing motor bikes and detaining people in Panambana quarter and the central market,” sources revealed.

“Before leaving, they kidnapped three young men from Loura but released them some hours later in Bocaranga.”

In another incident, the Russian mercenaries went to Poucare village, situated about 10 km from Bocaranga on the Letele highway and started rounding up several people whom they herded into classrooms of the village school and locked the doors.

“It was a real mass sequestration. That is heinous. These are scenes we only saw before the independence of African countries. This is an indication that the Central African Republic has returned 60 years back,” Paul Bozize, a local who identified himself as a civil society activist, told HumAngle in Bangui.

“The fight that our fathers and grandfathers fought for the independence of this country no longer serves anything.” 

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