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Russian Mercenaries Kill Chadian Soldier, Take Another Hostage

The Russians entered Chadian territory, leading to a confrontation between them and the Chadian soldiers.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group based in the Central African Republic, on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, killed a Chadian soldier and took another one hostage. 

The Russians entered Chadian territory, leading to a confrontation between them and the Chadian soldiers. 

“This Friday, Dec. 10 in the Central African Republic locality of Bidja, about 100 kilometres to the north of Batangafo in the prefecture of Ouham-Fafa, violent confrontations took place between Russian mercenaries and rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC),” a local source told HumAngle.

“After more than one hour of exchanges of fire, the rebels withdrew from the village and the Russian mercenaries took advantage to carry out mopping-up operations right to the Central African Republic border village of Mayambaya, situated three kilometres from Bidja.”

“After frightening the inhabitants of the village by firing several shots into the air, they crossed the border into the Chadian village of Djormere at about 3 p.m.”

The source said there was serious material damage caused on the civilians forcing the Chadian army to intervene.

“Serious exchange of fire took place between the Russian mercenaries and the Chadian army lasting for over one hour,” the source said. 

“When the Russian mercenaries discovered that their opponent was stronger than the ones they had been used to, they were forced to withdraw from Chadian territory after killing one Chadian soldier and capturing one other.”

“There is no doubt whatsoever that this action by the Russian mercenaries would result in a diplomatic incident.”

Both the Chadian and Central African Republic governments have not issued any official statement on the incident. 

On May 30, 2021, the Chadian advance military post of Sourou, not far away from Mbere around the Central African Republic border, was attacked by Russian mercenaries supported by Central African Republic government soldiers resulting in the death of a Chadian soldier with five others wounded.

Another five were abducted and subsequently executed in Central African Republic territory.

The Chadian government at the time denounced what it called a gross violation of its territory by the Central African Republic army.

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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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