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Over 100 Persons Rounded Up By Russian Mercenaries In Bria, Central African Republic

According to local authorities, the operation was intended to fish out the accomplices and authors of the attack which resulted in the death of three persons.

The Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group supported by their Central African Republic FACA allies on Wednesday, Oct. 13, swooped on Bria communities,  arresting more than 100 individuals including women and children.

The action comes after an attack on the positions of the Central African Republic national army in Bria on Tuesday, Oct. 12, by heavily armed elements of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC).

According to local authorities, the operation was intended to fish out the accomplices and authors of the attack which resulted in the death of three persons.

“Unfortunately, this operation which was supposed to be conducted according to the laws in force was turned into an abduction expedition with over 100 persons, mostly Muslim Peuls arrested,” said a local Peul leader who opted for anonymity for fear of reprisals by the Russians.

“Only in the Gobolo quarter alone this Wednesday, the pick-up of the Russian mercenaries made four rounds carrying arrested persons.” 

The Peul leader disclosed that residents of other quarters have fled from their homes and are taking refuge in the displaced persons camp situated in PK 3 which is guarded by the Blue Helmets of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). 

For several hours, the town was completely encircled by the forces of law and order as well as the Russian mercenaries who have stepped up house-to-house searches.


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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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