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Central African Republic Soldiers Accused Of Extra-Judicial Killing Of 5 Civilians

The FACA forces have been accused of indiscriminately attacking Peuls, claiming they are rebels.

Soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, have been accused of killing five Peul civilians in the locality of Ngaoundaye in the northwest of the country.

According to a communique issued by the Moslim community, the victims were arrested by FACA soldiers in their camp situated between Bangs and Mbere not far away from Ngaoundaye. They were reportedly killed on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

The communique stated that negotiations between UN Blue Helmets of the Bangladesh contingent of MINUSCA and representatives of the Moslim community of Ngaoundaye to get the arrested Peuls released were fruitless.

“One hour after the breakdown of the negotiations, the five Peuls were taken into a bush situated between Ngaoundaye and Dim where they were murdered in cold blood and their corpses abandoned in the bush,” a civil society activist told HumAngle.

A spokesperson for the Moslim community who opted for anonymity for fear of reprisals from the FACA forces said not all Peuls are rebels, adding that there are Christians who are also rebels.

Two FACA soldiers who were captured by the 3R rebels last Saturday during an attack on the town of Man, situated 470 kilometres to the northwest of the capital Bangui, are still in captivity. It is not known whether they are still alive or dead but with the killing of five Peuls by FACA soldiers, it is almost certain the 3R fighters will kill the FACA soldiers.

Several persons were killed during the attack and several others were also captured by the 3R rebels who are members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

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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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