Family Identifies Victim In Viral Video Of Killing By Suspected Central African Republic Soldiers

Family of one of the victims and civil society activists are already calling for investigation into the killing and justice for the victims

One of the victims in a viral video showing two civilians previously reported to have been killed by soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, has been identified. 

This follows the publication of a video on social media showing FACA soldiers slashing the throats of two individuals in Nana-Mambere. The hands of the victims were tied behind their backs before they were killed according to the video.

One of the victims, a  vendor of second hand vehicles living in Garoua Boulai in the Eastern Region of Cameroon close to the border with the Central African Republic was identified as a 30-year-old Cameroonian whose name has been given as Abdouraouf.

“The family of Abdouraouf raised an alarm when a photograph published in a local newspaper to illustrate a massacre by Russian mercenaries in the village of Aigbado on Jan. 16 and 17, 2022 was identified as that of their kinsman Abdouraouf.

“On investigations, it was discovered that the photo was really that of their kinsman but of a different massacre that took place in Nana-Mambere,” a civil society activist told HumAngle in Bangui.

HumAngle learnt that one of the perpetrators of the crime seen in the video is a police officer attached to the Bouar police station in the Nana-Membere prefecture.

Another of the perpetrators in the video has been identified as Capt. Lengbe, detached to Bouar in Nana-Mambere prefecture.

However, the FACA high command has dismissed the video as fake, saying it was mounted to discredit the Central African Republic national army.

Several experts who have analysed the video have confirmed that it is authentic.

The family of Abdouraouf has called on judicial authorities in the Central African Republic to take punitive action against the security officers involved in the killings, hinting that if such action is not taken, they would launch a complaint with the Cameroonian judicial authorities.

There have also been widespread calls for an investigation into the gruesome murder of the two civilians.

It is not yet known when this crime was carried out.

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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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