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Russian Mercenaries Attack Rebel Positions In Sabo, Central African Republic

An unconfirmed number of civilians were killed on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in an attack by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group against rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in Sabo.

An unconfirmed number of civilians were killed on Tuesday, Jan. 25,  in an attack by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group against rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in Sabo, about 30 kilometres from the village of Bidja, northern Central African Republic.

HumAngle learnt that several houses were also razed down during the attack.

Local sources say that the Russian mercenaries in a helicopter flew into the village unannounced. 

“Officially, the attack was against a group of rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) but this quickly turned into a massacre of civilians,” local security sources revealed.


“Mobile vendors, artisan miners, some of whom came from Markounda and others from the Chadian border on motorcycles fell in the ambush by Russian mercenaries.”

“Several among them were killed and their corpses burnt while their motorcycles were carried away.”

According to the sources, “heavily-armed Russian mercenaries fired indiscriminately on civilians, killing at least 10 and wounding others. 

“The casualty figures are difficult to establish but some other sources talk of at least 11 dead and others wounded.” 

In another development, on Sunday, Jan. 23, at about 3 a.m. in the locality of Kete Sido, at least three persons were killed in an attack by Mbarara Peul cattle breeders from neighbouring Chad. 

Russian mercenaries who were called in succeeded in chasing the assailants away.


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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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