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UN Probes Bossangoana Killings Blamed On Russian Mercenaries In Central African Republic

The UN, also recently displaced from Bria by the Russian mercenaries, has launched an investigation into a massacre at Bossangoa.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has launched an investigation into the killing of 13 persons on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in the sub-prefecture of Bossangoa.

In a statement issued in Bangui, the capital, Thursday, July 22, 2021, MINUSCA said it “has received information on July 21, 2021 of the violent death of several persons in the sub prefecture of Bossangoa.”

“A joint patrol of the United Nations Police force and military was immediately sent to the Bossangoa-Nana-Bakassa highway to verify what happened. This patrol has confirmed the discovery of 13 lifeless bodies in Bongboto, twelve kilometres to Bossangoa.”

“Immediately, MINUSCA dispatched a joint mission to the spot comprising United Nations Police and the section for human rights with a view to investigating and establishing the facts.”

“MINUSCA will contribute towards throwing light on this unfortunate incident and remains ready to support the government so that the presumed authors of these audacious crimes are identified, arrested and brought before the competent jurisdictions.”

“MINUSCA is soliciting the cooperation of the government to this effect.”

HumAngle reported that the bullet-riddled bodies of 13 young men were deposited at the Bossangoa mortuary on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, allegedly killed by Russian mercenaries.

Paul-Crescent Beninga, a spokesperson for the Bossangoa civil society, had revealed that “the 13 were killed in cold blood without provocation and for absolutely no reason.”

According to local sources, the victims were artisan miners, traders, and travelers. They were reportedly arrested by the Russian mercenaries in Bossangoa about twelve kilometres on the Nana-Bakassa highway near the village of Tamkoro.

“The victims were all riding their motorbikes when they were stopped and taken into the bushes where they were cold bloodedly slaughtered by the Russian mercenaries,” local sources revealed.

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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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