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5 Civilians Killed In Landmine Explosion In Bowara Village, Central African Republic

Landmine explosions are becoming commonplace across different parts of CAR, killing civilians.

Five civilians were killed on Sunday, Oct. 3 in a landmine explosion in Bowara village situated 63 km from Bocaranga in the Ngaoundaye sub-prefecture on the Ndim-Kowone highway.

According to eyewitness accounts, the victims who were killed around midday were on motorcycles from Paoua town in Lim-Pende prefecture on their way to Ndim in the Ngaoundaye sub prefecture.

“On arrival in Bowara village, their two motorcycles hit a landmine which exploded and killed all of them. Among the five dead was a four-year-old child,” a civil society source in the village told HumAngle.

“Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group arrived in Ngaoundaye sub prefecture last week and three days later, we have started hearing talk of deaths from mine explosions whereas the populations in this area have never heard or known anything about landmines.”

Last month, a humanitarian vehicle from Paoua in Lim-Pende prefecture on its way to Bocaranga exploded in the village of Bokomboussi in the Loura council. 

One person was killed and two others were seriously wounded and taken to Paoua hospital.

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