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Russian Helicopter Bombs Mining Site, Kills 2 Workers In Central African Republic

A Russian helicopter gunship belonging to the Wagner Security Group has bombed a mining site in Central African Republic.

A Russian helicopter gunship belonging to the Wagner Security Group last Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 bombed the Ndassima mining site in Bambari, Central African Republic, killing two civilians and injuring 10 others.

The Central African Republic military high command and their Russian allies said the bombing was an error of targeting.

“The Russian helicopter had for the past two weeks been bombing the locality of Bambari with the intention of harassing and chasing away elements of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebel group from the area,” a top military source told HumAngle.

According to the military source who did not want to be named, the helicopter dropped two explosives on a position of the Ndassima mining site owned by the Wagner Security Group around 2 a.m. CAT on Thursday, Jan. 6.

“Some of the wounded persons were transferred to a hospital in Bambari while the others were moved to the capital Bangui.”

“Right now we don’t know the number of Russian mercenaries who were either killed or wounded during the attack, but certain eyewitnesses say they saw a wounded Wagner mercenary being transferred to the Bambari hospital among the victims.”

According to other local security sources, this new strategy of nocturnal attacks by air to force the rebels to surrender, resorted to in the past weeks by the Russian mercenaries with a view to also putting pressure and demoralizing the rebels seems to be affecting mostly innocent civilians.

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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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