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Russian Mercenaries Abduct 5 Persons In Central African Republic

About 100 Peuls are reported missing and suspected to have been taken away by the Russian mercenaries or killed by the Wagner Group paramilitary forces.

At least five persons have been abducted by the Russian Mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in the village of Letele situated 20 km from Bocaranga in the Central African Republic. 

HumAngle understands that the five persons were shop owners whose shops were reportedly looted by the Russian Mercenaries on Friday, Aug. 27. 

Local sources say three shop owners whose businesses were looted in Letele and two others in Bocaranga were bundled away to Bangui by the Russian mercenaries.

“The Wagner mercenaries aboard a pick-up arrived at Letele village and all indications were that they were just passing by. But to the surprise of the population, they started breaking into and looting shops by the roadside on the pretext that they were searching for arms and ammunition as well as rebels,” a civil society activist told HumAngle on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the Russians.

“Before leaving Letele village, they abducted three shop owners. On arriving at Bocaranga, they also kidnapped two shop owners after looting their shops. No reason was given for the abductions.”

Some residents of Letele said the raid by the Russians on their village was in retaliation for the killing of four of their colleagues by combatants of the Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation (3R) rebel movement which is affiliated to the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

For over one week, Russian mercenaries carried out operations against the 3R rebels in localities in the Northwest of the country including Nana-Mambere, Lim-Pende, and Ouham-Pende.

Several villages were looted and burnt down while their inhabitants, mostly of the Peul enthnic group, were killed and their bodies burnt.

About 100 Peuls are reported missing and suspected to have been taken away by the Russian mercenaries or killed by the Wagner Group paramilitary forces.

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