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Russian Mercenaries Accused Of Massacre At Mining Site In Central African Republic

The Russian mercenaries are purportedly trying to fish out MPC rebels in CAR, but instead murdered civilians.

Russian Mercenaries in the Central African Republic have been fingered as masterminds of a gruesome massacre at the Bou-Jou mining site situated between Kaga-Bandoro and Mbres. The killing took place on  Monday, Aug. 30.

“All the houses were burnt down, businesses looted and all the artisanal miners killed, including the chief of the village. It was a real catastrophe,” a source in Mbres told HumAngle.

One of the survivors of the attack who pleaded for anonymity for his safety, said Russian mercenaries descended on the mining site of Bou-Jou under the guise of fighting against rebels of the Patriotic Movement of Central Africa (MPC) a member group of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

“The Russians decided to wipe our village from the map. They set fire on all houses and destroyed all the business places. They killed at least eleven persons on the spot, all of them civilians,” the survivor said.

“The Russians captured our village chief. They tortured him on the pretext that it was he who knew the hiding places of the rebels of Mr. Al-Khatim and so he must take them to the hide-outs. Since he was a Muslim, they thought he very well knew all the Moslems in the area,” he added. 

Bou-Jou village is currently deserted according to sources.

“There are no houses. Perhaps those who survived the massacre will return there to collect their belongings which are still recoverable,”said a local source.

After the liberation of the town of Kaga-Bandoro by soldiers of the Central African Republic and their Russian and Rwandan allies, almost all the combatants of the MPC led by Mahamat Al-Khatim have escaped to Chad. Many of the rebel members are believed to be Chadians.

However, some of the rebels who are Central African Republic nationals have withdrawn to mining sites in neighbouring localities.

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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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