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Russian Mercenaries Kill 2 Central African Republic Civilians In Bakala

The Russian mercenaries have taken the populations of Bakala as well as the populations of neighbouring towns and villages, hostages.

Two civilians riding on motorcycles from Bambari were killed by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in Bakala village, situated in Ouaka prefecture of the Central African Republic.

According to information from family members, the men were killed Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 2,  about 500 metres from the entrance into Bakala.

The two men were said to be diamond traders resident in Bambari.

“They came to Bakala to buy diamonds and gold,” a family member of one of the murdered men revealed, adding that the wallets of the two men containing large sums of money were stolen by the Russians.

“Since Bakala is surrounded by several hills, a little detonation of any arm can shake the whole town.”

“It was around 1 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 2,  that we heard two shots followed by two more about 500 metres at the entrance of the town,” he added.

“Afterwards, we saw the Russians who were searching the bodies of the dead men, carrying their motorcycles into their vehicle.”

The Russian mercenaries have taken the populations of Bakala as well as the populations of neighbouring towns and villages, hostages.

“They parade the town with their arms on their shoulders. They publicly smoke cannabis sativa and if you open your mouth, you are killed on the spot,” a teacher who declined to disclose his identity told HumAngle. 

“They are outlaws, criminals who have no pity for anybody. Everybody is afraid here. In fact, the town has been taken hostage by the Russians.”

The Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group were originally drafted into the country to help the national army of the Central African Republic, FACA in their fight against the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC). 

But one year after, their exactions on the populations are more than the atrocities of the rebels they were brought in to fight against. 

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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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