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Anti-Balaka Militia Unleash Attack, Kill 10 Peul Herders In Mambere, Central African Republic

Ten Peul herdsmen were on Sunday, April 10, killed by Anti-Balaka militiamen.

Ten Peul herdsmen were on Sunday, April 10,  killed by Anti-Balaka militiamen of the faction supporting the Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera.

The victims were killed in the cattle rearers’ camp on the Yaloke-Zawa highway and Gadzi-Carnot. Several other victims were wounded.

This attack comes on the heels of a similar attack on the locality of Gadzi-Carnot last weekend during which several Peuls were killed.

According to a soldier of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, who participated in the repatriation of the corpses of victims to Yaloke, 13 corpses were recovered after the carnage.

Besides the human lives lost, over 100 cows were rustled by the assailants.

“The killings were carried out this Monday, April 11, around 3 p.m. in the Peul breeding camp in Bakadili, situated about 40 kilometres on the Zawa – Carnot highway or 50 kilometres if you take the Yaloke – Boda road,” the soldier who opted for anonymity because he is not authorised to talk on behalf of the army revealed.

The local population says the authors of the criminal acts were an auto-defense militia identified as Anti-Balaka close to the Sharks, a presidential militia group which has killed several people in the country.

All the corpses of the victims are right in Yaloke awaiting burial today, Tuesday April 12.

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