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Russian Mercenaries Kill 18-Year-Old Student In Dekoua, Central African Republic

The boy was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

An 18-year-old student of the Barthelemy Boganda High School in Bangui, Central African Republic capital, was reportedly killed on Friday, Oct. 8, afternoon by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in Dekoua, chief town of the sub-prefecture of Kemo prefecture.

According to family sources, the student who was to sit for the scientific baccalaureate examination next year, had gone to Dekoua on the invitation of a cousin to collect some money to prepare for the new academic year.

“The boy was filming parts of the town with his telephone when a vehicle carrying some Russian mercenaries passed by and saw him film their drive-by,” an eyewitness said.

“The Russians reversed their vehicle and came to pick up the boy but the young man resisted being thrown into their vehicle.”

“The Russians eventually started torturing him as some passers-by watched helplessly. They eventually abandoned the seriously wounded boy by the roadside and drove away.”

The boy was eventually rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

“There is general anger and anguish within the boy’s family in Dekoua and Bangui and also within his colleagues in the Barthelemy Boganda High School in the capital,” a family source said.

“The family of the boy whose name was not revealed has called on the Central African Republic head of state to intervene and demand for explanations for the murder from the Russians.”

“You brought this band of criminals to kill us all. After we are all killed, who would you be president over?” a sister to the deceased asked, referring to President Faustin Archange Touadera.

The body of the boy will be buried on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Dekoua. 

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