Rebels Kill Russian Mercenaries, Injure 4 In Central African Republic

The Russian mercenaries ran into an ambush alleged to have been set up by the CPC rebel group, in Djouwe village, Central African Republic.

Two Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group were killed and four others wounded on Friday, May 27, in an ambush by elements of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in Djouwe village, 58 km from Gaga in Ombella-Mpoko, Central African Republic.

“It was around 3 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022, that a patrol team of Russian mercenaries on board 20 motorcycles from Bossemptele heading to the Gaga council, a mining zone, fell in an ambush by CPC rebels in the village of Djouwe, situated 58 kilometres from their destination, resulting into a violent exchange of fire lasting for about an hour,” a local security source told HumAngle.

The source said the Russian mercenaries succeeded in pushing back the rebels but lost two of their men while four others were seriously wounded.

An eyewitness said a CPC rebel was also injured during the clash. 

Gaga, situated 260 km from Bangui, the capital, is very rich in gold. The Anti-Balaka militia, as well as rebels of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) movement, are very active in the area.

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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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