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Central African Republic Soldiers, Russian Mercenaries Kill Civilians In Koui Market

These killings came after recent similar massacres in Aigbado, Yangoudroudja, Mouka, Ouadda, Ndah, Gardile, Nana-Bakassa, and Kouki in which 19 civilians were murdered.

Seventeen civilians were killed on Thursday April 28 by soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA and Russian mercenaries in the weekly market of Koui, situated 60 kilometres from Bossangoa on the Nana-Bakassa highway in the Ouham prefecture.

These killings came after recent similar massacres in Aigbado, Yangoudroudja, Mouka, Ouadda, Ndah, Gardile, Nana-Bakassa, and Kouki in which 19 civilians were murdered.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the Central African Republic Ministry of Justice have opened investigations into the assassination of the 19 civilians and a report is being expected.

Eyewitnesses to Thursday’s killings said there was no particular reason for the massacres.

“The Russian mercenaries and the FACA soldiers just came into the market and opened fire, killing indiscriminately,” an eyewitness who declined to divulge his name told HumAngle.

“It would appear the only lives that matter in this country are those of President Touadera and his immediate entourage.

“Any other Central African Republic citizens mean nothing in the eyes of the Russians. Not even the lives of the FACA soldiers who accompany them to kill their compatriots mean a thing because the FACA soldiers can also be killed at any given time for little or no reason.”


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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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