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Number Of Central African Republic Citizens Killed In Russian Mercenary Attack Rises

The mercenaries have now killed at least 16 herders in Bezere village of Central African Republic.

A total of 16 cattle herders aged between 15 and 50 years were killed between Sept. 26 and 28,  by Russian mercenaries in Bezere village, Ouham-Pende district situated about 25 km from Bocaranga, a local council worker said.

The attack is believed to have the highest casualties of all attacks in the sub prefecture of Bocaranga. Earlier accounts had put the number of deaths at eight.

“Sixteen corpses were buried yesterday, Wednesday September 29,  in three common graves by the local populations. Among the sixteen were three children,” a local council worker who declined to be named for security reasons revealed.

Local sources had earlier on Wednesday, Sept. 29 estimated the number of deaths in the Bezere massacre by Russian mercenaries at eight before the number eventually rose to 10. 

The deaths followed a killer expedition by Russian mercenaries into a Peul cattle breeding camp in Bezere. The Russians were reported to have moved from house to house, executing inhabitants.

“Besides the human casualties, the Russians took away several cattle from the village and killed those they could not take along,” a source said.

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