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Shooters Kill 2-Year-Old, 2 Others, Injure 40 In Central African Republic

While the identity of the shooters were yet to be ascertained, some civil society activists have blamed it on FACA.

Three persons including a two-year-old baby were killed and 40 wounded in a shooting incident on new year’s eve, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 in the Central African Republic capital Bangui.

“There was random shooting in almost all the quarters of the capital Bangui but the zones most affected were the 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th and 1st sub divisions while the 4th and 3rd sub divisions seemed the zones that were fournishing most of the arms used which were of various categories and capacities,” a civil society activist in the capital told HumAngle. 

“December 31 night was one of the worst New Year’s Eve I have experienced in my life. There was shooting everywhere in the KM5 and Boyrabe quarters and everybody was frightened.”

Local sources say there were grenade explosions and light arms fire all over the place. 

According to them, some arms were mounted on vehicles which forced many to look for cover.

“Even soldiers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) had to run for shelter,” an eyewitness told HumAngle. 

No group has taken responsibility for the shooting but some civil society activists are alleging that the Central African Republic soldiers, FACA, were behind it. 

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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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