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Russian Mercenaries Sack Dankobira Village In Central African Republic

Dankobira has been deserted, though a few of the villagers who fled into the bushes have been making reconnaissance visits.

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group on Thursday, Oct. 21, sacked the village of Dankobira situated 20 km from Koui on the Yelewa highway, carting away goods from shops and personal properties belonging to civilians.

“The Russian mercenaries based in the sub-prefecture of Koui carried out a muscled incursion into the village of Dankobira, looting virtually all the shops and properties of the populations. There is almost nothing left for the populations,” a local administrator who refused to identify himself for fear of reprisals by the Russians told HumAngle.

“The Wagner mercenaries were on patrol aboard pick-up vehicles and motorcycles. On their arrival in Dankobira, they proceeded to systematically loot everything of value they could lay their hands on. As if receiving specific instructions from higher authorities, they stole over 100 telephones from individuals and shops and suddenly left the village towards Yelewa as if they were being chased.”

The local administrator said they returned to Dankobira in about 30 minutes, firing shots into the air which sent the populations fleeing  into the bushes.

During their second expedition, they accosted a businessman and took away all the money he was carrying on him, a local source said. The man who refused to identify himself said the Russians stole over 200,000 FCFA (about 400 US dollars) from the businessman.

“Before returning to Koui from where they came, they visited another businessman from whom they seized a brand-new motorcycle which the man had just bought two days earlier,” the source revealed.

Dankobira has been deserted, though a few of the villagers who fled into the bushes have been making reconnaissance visits to find out whether the situation was safe enough for them to return to their homes.

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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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