7 Die, 3 Injured In Peul Reprisal Attack In Central African Republic

An attack on a Peul herder in the Central African Republic, which led to his death and that of his wife, has prompted a reprisal attack.

Seven persons have died, and three others sustained injuries on Wednesday, June 15,  in a reprisal attack by Peul youths on Ndanga village, 10 km from Ngaoundaye within the Lim-Pende prefecture of the Central African Republic.

Ndanga village’s chief was among those that died. Three persons wounded are receiving medical treatment in the Ngaoundaye health centre.

According to local administrative authorities and eyewitnesses, a group of youths supported by some elements of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, on Tuesday, June 14, went to the house of a Peul herder and killed his wife and some of his cattle.

“When the man returned and met the youths killing his wife and cattle, he protested and tried to stop them, but they also killed him,” an eyewitness revealed.

The rampaging youths later went from village to village around Ngaoundaye, sharing the beef from the slaughtered cattle.

But on Wednesday, June 15, Peul herders grouped themselves and carried out a bloody reprisal attack killing seven civilians and wounding three others.

There are allegations that the Peul herders were supported by rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement.

HumAngle has not independently confirmed these allegations.

The Central African Republic is yet to make a statement on the incidents.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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