UN Soldiers Stop Russian Mercenaries From Abducting Prisoners In Central African Republic

The Russian mercenaries have been noted for abducting prisoners from prisons and executing them.

Egyptian contingent attached to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Sunday, June 5, prevented some Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group from abducting five prisoners from the Roux military prison in Bangui, Central African Republic.

A military source who witnessed the altercation told HumAngle that the Egyptian Blue Helmets of the UN stopped the Russian mercenaries who had come to pick up five inmates from entering the prison.

“After about five minutes of hot exchanges between the Egyptians and the Russians, the mercenaries gave the names of five prisoners whom they wanted to take away from the prison,” the source revealed.

“The Egyptians asked the Russians what they wanted to do with the prisoners but the mercenaries refused to divulge their reasons.”

“After the refusal of the Egyptian soldiers to allow the Russians to take the prisoners, the mercenaries removed and cocked their guns threateningly.”

“The Egyptians also did the same with their weapons, and the two sides remained eyeball-to-eyeball for several minutes with observers fearing the worst.”

Among the prisoners the Russians wanted to take was Tidjani Hamit, a former rebel of the Patriotic Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (PFRC) who was arrested six years ago by MINUSCA in Subit.

HumAngle learnt that this attempt was not the first time the Russian mercenaries had abducted prisoners from the cells.  

This has happened on several occasions in the Ngaragba prison situated in Bangui’s sixth district.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, five prisoners were abducted by the Russians from the Ngaragba prison and murdered by the Russian mercenaries and their Central African Republic colleagues of the presidential guard.

Only last week, the Russians were also picked up from the prison and executed by three detainees.

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