Central African Republic: Russian Mercenaries Die In Car Crash

The driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed into a ravine while trying to overtake a tricycle, leaving eight Russian mercenaries dead.

At least eight Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group on Wednesday Feb. 16, died in a car crash on the road linking Baboua to Abba in the Nana-Mambere prefecture to the northwest of the Central African Republic.

According to local security sources, the driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed into a ravine leaving eight Russian mercenaries on board dead.

“The Russian vehicle left Baboua town around midday heading to Abba but on arrival at the Dongbaike crossroad, situated five kilometres to Baboua, the vehicle left the tarred road linking Baboua to Beloko and decided to take the laterite road leading to Abba,” an eyewitness who did not want to be named in the media said.

“Barely seven kilometres into the untarred road on the hill locally called Dan-Ngai, the driver, in trying to overtake a motorcycle, lost control of the vehicle and plunged several metres into a ravine resulting in the death of all the Russian mercenaries in the vehicle including the driver himself who was also a Russian.”

The eight corpses remained on the scene of the accident for several hours before another Russian vehicle came from Bouar and took them to the mortuary.

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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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