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80 Civilians Killed In Attacks On Rebel Positions In Central African Republic

The attack was coordinated by FACA/Russian Mercenary on UPC positions in Basse-Kotto.

At least 80 civilians were killed in two days of attacks by the Central African Republic national army, FACA, and their Russian mercenary allies on villages occupied by rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) movement in Basse-Kotto.

According to local security sources, most of the dead were artisanal miners who were killed in attacks on Thursday, Sept. 30 and Friday, Oct. 1.

The first attack took place on Sept. 30 afternoon in Ngakobo locality, towards Grimari, followed by incursions into Pouloubou and Kolo.

The attacks on these three fronts resulted in considerable losses in personnel and materials.

“Thirteen civilians were killed in Ngakobo on Friday, Oct. 1 while 25 persons, among them 19 civilians, were killed in Pouloubou. A self-proclaimed ‘general’ of the UPC was seriously wounded in the fighting,” a source told HumAngle.

“In the mining sites of Kolo, there was a veritable carnage where the Russian mercenaries and their FACA allies killed 42 local miners.”

Reports from Obo in the Southeast of the country speak of the imminent arrival of Russian mercenaries who have just left Bangassou onboard trucks.

The authorities in Bangui are yet to make any statement on these massacres but the prefect of Bambari has signed an order declaring a curfew in the region as sporadic gunfire continues to disturb the peace.


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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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