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Central African Republic Soldiers, Russian Mercenaries Raid Houses, Mosque In Bouzou

The raid forced some to flee into the bushes while some are reported to have been seeking refuge elsewhere.

Soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, and their Russian mercenary allies of the Wagner Security Group on Wednesday, Oct. 6, invaded Bouzou village situated between the Koui sub-prefecture and the Cameroonian locality of Ngaoui destroying houses including the Bouzou central mosque.

This new incursion into Bouzou follows another one in August this year during which the Russian mercenaries destroyed several houses forcing their occupants to seek refuge in the Bouzou central mosque.

This time around, the Russians and their Central African Republic allies targeted the central mosque housing the displaced persons.

The raid forced some to flee into the bushes while some are reported to have been seeking refuge in Sanguere, Tourwa, Sabewa, and Baba villages.

Some of the displaced persons have been forced to cross the border into Cameroon.

“Right now, there is nobody in Bouzou. The Russian mercenaries have destroyed and looted our mosque,” one eyewitness in Bouzou who refused to identify himself for fear of reprisals told HumAngle.

“For what reason have they done this? I don’t have an answer. Perhaps they want to fight against God because they did not find what they came to search for in Bouzou.”

The Russian mercenaries in Aug. 2021 killed over  40 Peuls in Bouzou, Sanguere, Tourwa, Sabewa, and Baba villages situated on the border with Cameroon.

The CAR authorities in Bangui have since not made any statement on the August killings nor the latest incursion into Bouzou.

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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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