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Russian Mercenaries Abduct Central African Republic Soldier

A soldier of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, was over the weekend abducted by Russian mercenaries while three of his colleagues were also wounded.

The wounded soldiers were beaten by the Russian mercenaries when they wanted to foil the abduction of their colleague. 

The incident happened in the village of Diba, which is 20 kilometres to Baboua, chief town of the Nana-Mambere sub prefecture situated about 560 kilometres to the northwest of the capital Bangui.

A local source identified as Daniel Nzewe, said nobody knew the reason behind the attack on the FACA soldiers by the Russian mercenaries. 

Many local sources said Russian mercenaries use FACA soldiers as house helps, adding that any FACA soldier that disobeys their Russias  are most times flogged or abducted to hideouts where they are tortured. 

They noted that the abducted FACA soldier and his wounded colleagues could have been the victim of that circumstance.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 at about 2 p.m. in Bria, chief town of the Haute-Kotto prefecture, two FACA soldiers identified as Veve Samba and Feiganazoui who were at their base situated in the Gbaragbake primary school, were abducted by Russian mercenaries and seriously tortured.

“The Central African Republic military high command did not have the courage to condemn this barbaric act,”  a civil society activist who opted for anonymity because he fears for his life told HumAngle.

“It is such silence on the part of the Bangui government that encourages the Russian mercenaries to continue with these human rights violations against our people, including even our armed forces.”

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