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3 Civilian Casualties Recorded After Russian Mercenaries’ Bombardment Of CAR Village

Five other persons were also reported injured by the bombardment and are currently at a hospital.

Three persons died on Sunday, Aug. 29 after the bombardment of Beina village by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group.

The bombardment forced the villagers to flee towards the village of Dilapoko, situated 90 km from Gamboula to the west of the Central African Republic. It was not immediately clear why the Russian mercenaries resorted to the bombardment. 

But local sources told HumAngle that the action might be a continuation of the offensive against rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement who are affiliates of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) which has been targeting the Mambere-Kadei.

According to the sources, there were no fighting forces on the ground and only one helicopter was involved in the bombardment. Five other persons were also reported injured by the bombardment and are currently at a hospital.

On Monday, Aug. 30, at about 1 p.m. CAT in Nguia-Bouar, the sub-prefecture of Baboua to the northwest, the Russian helicopter hit a mining site controlled by 3R rebels.

No casualties were reported but the population was said to have fled into nearby bushes. The village remains under the control of the 3R rebels.

No attacks by ground forces are currently being carried out against the 3R rebels by the Russian mercenaries in the locality of Nana-Mambere.

Since the beginning of the offensive by Russian mercenaries against the 3R rebels in the Nana-Mambere zone, several villages have been razed down and populations massacred.

So far, about 100 persons are reported missing and several cattle destroyed or carted away.

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