Eight persons including Peul cattle herders have been killed during a three-day violent expedition by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in villages situated along the Bozoum-Bocaranga highway.
The three Peul cattle herders were killed on Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Bezere village while the other five persons were killed on Sunday, Sept. 26, in Loh on the Paoua highway.
According to eyewitness accounts, the Russian mercenaries started the patrol which ended in the murder of the three herders 24 hours earlier on the Bozoum-Paoua highway before directing towards Bocaranga where they made a stop-over in Bezere and killed the three Peuls.
Several other eyewitnesses reported that in the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 26, Russian mercenaries onboard motorcycles and pick-up vans, left Bozoum town on their way to Loh village on the Paoua highway.
“They arrived at the Peul herders camp and proceeded to destroy houses and finally killed five persons,” local sources said.
“After passing the night in Loh village, they returned to the Bozoum-Bocaranga highway where on arrival at Ngoutere village, they sacked the whole village, taking away every valuable they could lay their hands on.”
“Several shops and houses were looted including three motorcycles belonging to some businessmen.”
The killings have been widely condemned by the local populations who have called the attention of the international community, especially the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission to the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) to the multiple exactions perpetrated on the Peul civilian populations by the Russian mercenaries.
Meanwhile, in Banga village within the Haute-Bombee council towards Mambere-Kadei, the populations suspect the Wagner operatives of having mined several habitations with explosive devices and grenades.
“The idea is to kill as many of the villagers as possible when they return to their houses from the bushes where they have been hiding from the atrocities of the Wagner mercenaries,” a civil society activist in Banga told HumAngle this morning.
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