One of two police officers travelling in a public transport vehicle has been reported killed by an armed gang suspected to be members of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) in the Central African Republic.
Local sources informed HumAngle the attack took place on Sunday April 3, when the two police officers, on detachment to the Bria police station were travelling from Bangui the capital to Bria.
Their vehicle was stopped at the entrance into Bria by the rebels, eyewitnesses said.
“Two police agents on detachment to the Bria police station in Haute-Kotto were aboard a passenger vehicle travelling from Bangui to Bria and 45 kilometres to Bria on the Ippy highway, precisely in the village of Ngouaboutou, the vehicle was stopped by armed men identified as CPC rebels at around 9 p.m. on Sunday April 3,” an eyewitness told HumAngle.
“After thoroughly searching the vehicle, the assailants demanded that the driver identify two police officers whom they had learnt were travelling in the vehicle.
“The driver first hesitated but on being threatened at gunpoint, he pointed out the two policemen.”
One of the police officers after sensing danger reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and headed into the bushes as the assailants unsuccessfully shot at him.
But the other police officer, it was gathered, was dragged out of the vehicle and shot dead at point blank.
The corpse of the officer was taken to the Bria hospital mortuary and is expected to be transferred to Bangui, the capital.
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