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2 Herders, 20 Cows Killed By FACA Soldiers In Central African Republic

The FACA soldiers descended on CAR villages and killed herders, along with their cows.

Two cattle herders were killed and 20 cows slaughtered during an attack by soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, on Benamkor village, not far from Pougole in the Lim-Pende prefecture to the northwest of the country.

According to eyewitnesses, heavily armed FACA soldiers arrived at the Benamkor Peul Breeders’ camp on Saturday Nov. 6, around 10 a.m. and started firing indiscriminately in all directions.

“They ended up killing two Peul herdsmen and twenty cows. There was total panic and as I speak now, the camp is empty. All the breeders and their families have escaped into the bushes leaving their cattle behind. Some of the cattle are dead while others have been seriously wounded. Most cannot even move now,” one eyewitness told HumAngle.

At almost the same time in Bunguere village, FACA soldiers carried out the same exercise. They killed one herdsman and 30 cows.

In the sub-prefecture of Koui, on the Iambe highway, one Peul herdsman was killed in Djaoro Lim village by FACA soldiers at a roadblock.

“The soldiers demanded that the man should pay them 500 FCFA (about 1 US dollar) but since the man did not have the money to give them, they killed him. He was eventually identified as Harouna bi- Abdou bi Nzanguindi,” a civil society activist who declined to divulge his identity for fear of reprisals, told HumAngle.

“He had even begged them to spare him so that he could call his brother to bring the money but the soldiers said if the money was to come from the brother, then it would no longer be 500 FCFA but 500,000 FCFA. The brother did not have that kind of money so they killed Harouna.”

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