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Russian Mercenaries Accused Of Stealing Cattle From Peul Herdsmen In Central African Republic

Despite the CAR government saying the Russian and Syrian mercenaries will be extradited out of the country, the Russians’ attrocities persist.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group have been accused of taking cattle belonging to Peul herdsmen in Timbolo village, situated 20 kilometres from Bambari, chief town of the Ouaka prefecture in the Central African Republic.

According to eyewitness accounts, the Russian mercenaries arrived in Timbolo on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 around 9 a.m. CAT, meeting the village almost empty except for little children who were taking care of the cattle.

The adults had earlier fled into the bushes on hearing that the Russian mercenaries were on their way to the village.

“They started firing into the air in order to scare away the children. They later spread out in the village and killed over 10  cows which they took away in their vehicles,” one of the cattle rearers who refused to divulge his identity told HumAngle this morning.

Representatives of the cattle rearers in the village of Timbolo say they have reported the matter to the prefect of Ouaka and the mayor of Bambari but they have since done nothing.

Mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group who arrived in the Central African Republic in 2017 following a partnership accord with the country have since constructed a modern slaughterhouse in Bokologbo.

Almost all the beef processed in the slaughterhouse is exported to Russia by the Wagner Security Group operatives, according to local sources.

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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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