Russian Mercenaries Kill Civilians In Aigbado, Central African Republic

The civilians killed by the Russian mercenaries in Aigbado were running away after sighting the Russians. Another village, Yanga, also recorded several deaths by the mercenaries.

At least 10 civilians were reported dead in an attack by Russian mercenaries on a mining site in Aigbado village, situated 75km from Bria on the Ndele highway in the Central African Republic.

The attack on Sunday, Jan. 16, also saw several houses burnt down by the rampaging Russians.

An eyewitness told HumAngle that a little before midday, heavily-armed Russian mercenaries aboard a pickup truck arrived at Aigbado.

“On seeing the Russians, the residents started fleeing in panic. In the disarray that followed, the Russians opened fire indiscriminately on the fleeing people killing eight on the spot,” the eyewitness said.

“After killing eight persons, the Russian mercenaries razed down 10 houses. Two persons were roasted to death in one of the burnt houses,” a civil society activist revealed.

Following the killings and burnings, rebels of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) who were in the area attacked positions of the Russian mercenaries, wounding four of them.

The angry Russians ran after the fleeing residents to Yanga village situated about  70 km from Aigbado and killed five persons in Yanga. 

Ten other persons were seriously wounded and were evacuated to the Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in Bria.

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