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Landmine Explosion Kills 2 Persons In Central African Republic

Due to the ongoing conflict in CAR, landmine explosions are becoming commonplace with military and civilian casualties recorded.

Two persons died when landmines exploded in Lim-Pende located in the northwest of the Central African Republic.

The two victims who were commercial motorbike riders died on Tuesday, Aug. 24 after two different landmines went off, according to local sources. HumAngle understands that the first explosion took place on the Ndim-Ngaoundaye highway as the  motorbike rider was transporting a fuel jerry-can and his bike hit the mine.

The bike was burnt in the explosion while the wounded bike rider was transported to the Dim hospital where he later died.

The second explosion happened in the locality of Bholara and the bike was totally burnt while the rider was also blown into pieces which were later picked and bundled together.

With tens of armed groups fighting against the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera in more than 60 per cent of the national territory, landmine explosions and deaths  are a daily occurrence in the Central African Republic.

Two police officers, Moutadji Arnold Didier and his colleague Mazity Desire Nathanael were Friday, May 28,  killed in a land mine explosion in the locality of Bondiba on the Dongbaike Abba highway leading to Nguia Bouar, situated in the prefecture of Nana-Mambere, northwest of the country.

Three Russian mercenaries fighting with the Central African Republic national army against rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) were also killed in the same explosion.

It was in the same Nana-Mambere sector that a landmine explosion destroyed a vehicle belonging to the Niem Catholic church on May 5,  killing one person.

Two weeks later, on May 16, three persons riding on a motorbike were killed when the bike hit a landmine about 15 kilometres from Yelewa near Service Kolo.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) says it is preoccupied by the increase in the utilisation of explosive devices in the country and has warned those planting the devices on the possibility of their being prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

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