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Russian Mercenaries Kill 3 Civilians In Garga, Central African Republic

Three farmers returning from their farms were last week killed by Russian mercenaries in Gallo.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group on Wednesday Sept. 15, killed three villagers in Garga, situated 10 km from Gallo, on the Baboua highway in the Central African Republic.

“The murdered individuals who were returning from their farms included a 25-year-old man, a young woman and her baby who died still attached to the back of its mother,” said a local source who did not want to be named.

“They were killed by a column of Russian mercenaries on motor bikes from Baboua who opened fire on the three without provocation.”

The source said the “scene of a young man and a young woman with a child attached to her back lying in pools of their own blood shocked the entire community here in Garga.”

A teacher in Gallo who declined to be named said the “population is horrified and the people are finding it difficult to understand the reasons behind the triple murders.”

“The government must be held responsible for this crime. The government must not allow murderers like that to continue to circulate within our communities. They must only circulate in mixed patrols with soldiers of the national army FACA in order to limit their atrocious actions.”

Three farmers returning from their farms were last week killed by Russian mercenaries in Gallo. Some hours later, a mentally sick person was also shot at a close range by the Russians still in Gallo.

“Central African Republic civilians are suffering in their own country whereas they have nothing to do with the war which has engulfed the country,” a  distraught community chief in Garga who refused to divulge his identity for fear of reprisals by the Russians declared in anger.

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