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Russian Mercenaries Kill 2, Arrest 6 In Central African Republic

People in the town said the Russian mercenaries killed, arrested, and looted goods from several houses.

Heavily-armed Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group on Saturday, Nov. 13, killed two persons and arrested six others in Bria town, provincial capital of Haute-Kotto in Central African Republic.

Sources in the town said the mercenaries  encircled a quarter of the town and killed two persons, arrested six others and later looted goods from several houses.

“Around midnight on Friday, Nov. 12, tens of Russian mercenaries aboard several vehicles were seen in the Lasmi quarter of Bria,” a local source told HumAngle.

“Around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, they started encircling the zone and proceeded to search from house to house. They were taking away mattresses, plastic chairs, shoes, solar panels, money, jewelry as well as motorcycles. It was a real looting expedition.”

“Two family heads on seeing the doors of their houses broken by the mercenaries, tried to run away but they were killed in cold blood by the Russian mercenaries.”

“In other houses, they arrested six persons, all of them economic operators.”

According to the source who did not want to be named for security reasons,  at 5 a.m. CAT on Saturday, a helicopter landed at the Bria airport and  transported the six arrested persons to Bangui, the capital.

The  source said the six individuals are diamond merchants among whom is Ahmat Faya, a former general of the UPC who surrendered to the FPRC. 

He has not been involved in armed activities and has concentrated on his commercial activities for some years now.

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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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