Armed Group Kills 7 People In Nana-Bakassa, Central African Republic

No group has claimed responsibility for the murder of the seven civilians but locals suspect Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebels that are active in the area.

Seven persons were killed on Tuesday, May 24, by a yet to be identified armed gang in the sub-prefecture of Nana-Bakassa, situated 60 km to Bossangoa in the Ouham prefecture to the northwest of the Central African Republic.

Local authorities, who only confirmed information on the deaths on Thursday, May 26, evening, could not identify the perpetrators of the crime.

They, however, said rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement which is affiliated with the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) are active in the area and might be the prime suspects. 

All the victims who were working on a local mining site were of Nana-Bakassa origin.

“The seven victims were returning from the mine when they fell into an ambush by these armed criminals less than ten kilometres from the town,”  a local who pleaded anonymity told HumAngle.

“After killing them, the armed assassins took nothing from their victims, whereas the dead men were carrying handbags containing money, gold, silver bracelets and android telephones.”

“They left everything intact including the motorcycles of the victims. This has shocked and surprised many who are frightened by the fact that these bandits killed just for the joy of killing.”

While locals said they suspect the 3R rebels to have masterminded the attack, investigations by HumAngle revealed that the 3R rebels have not been very active in the area for about a year now.

On the contrary, combatants of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) headed by self-proclaimed ‘general’ Adamou Ledderi are very active in the area.

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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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