Anti-Balaka Militia Kill Civilians In Zawa-Yaloke Village, Central African Republic

This attack comes five days after a similar attack in the locality of Gadzi during which several civilians were killed.

Ten civilians were reported to have been killed in Zawa-Yaloke, a locality situated about 250 kilometers from the Central African Republic capital of Bangui.

“A group of heavily-armed gang, identified by the local population as Anti-Balaka militia, made an incursion on Friday, April 8, 2022 around 5 p.m. into a camp inhabited by Peul herdsmen situated about seven kilometres from Zawa,” a civil society activist who opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Gadzi. 

“Several persons were massacred, among whom were women and children. About 30 cows were also killed and several houses burnt down.”

Survivors from the attack have been regrouped and housed in a displaced persons camp in Yaloke, according to the police.

The local population is very positive that the attackers were members of an auto-defence group led by former parliamentarian, Severin Ndoguia going by the alias “Le Bleu”.

As of the time of filing this report, no police or security forces have been dispatched to the area to ensure the security of the population.

This attack comes five days after a similar attack in the locality of Gadzi during which several civilians were killed.

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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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