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Mine Explosion Kills 3 People In Yelewa, Central African Republic

Mine explosions are becoming frequent occurrences in the Central African Republic as a recent detonation killed three persons.

Three persons were on Sunday, May 16, killed when the motorbike they were travelling on hit a land mine on the Yelewa-Bouar highway in the Central African Republic.

This incident comes on the heels of a similar one that happened on Wednesday, May 5, when a vehicle belonging to the Catholic mission in Niem also hit a landmine causing the death of one person and wounding two other persons.

According to relatives of the victims, all the three were bricklayers employed by the Sultan of the village of Yelewa and were building a fence around the Sultan’s compound.

The three had taken permission to visit their families in Bouar after spending several weeks working for the Sultan. The explosion took place 15 kilometres to Yelewa near Service Kolo. They all died on the spot.

The families are yet to see their corpses because of the precarious security situation in the area.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in the Central African Republic, has expressed worries over the increasing use of explosive devices in the country and has warned the authors of these acts of the possibility of their being prosecuted for crimes against humanity.


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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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