June 2, 2023

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Nine Chinese killed in CAR: “Russian Wagner mercenaries” accused of attack by rebels

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Nine Chinese people were killed Sunday in a mine in Bambari district, central Central African Republic. This was reported to the mayor and a local security source. The region was devastated by civil war for years.

GVsource: BELGA

“Nine dead bodies and two injured have been counted,” Mayor Abel Machibata said. He confirmed that the victims were Chinese nationals working at a “Chinese mining site” owned by the Gold Coast Group, about 25 kilometers from the city. According to the mayor, gunmen attacked the mine site around 5 am. A local security source confirmed the attack and the balance and nationality of the victims.

The bodies were taken to a hospital in the capital, Bangui. Chinese Ambassador Li Zhenfeng and Central African Foreign Minister Sylvie Baibou Timon made their way to the hospital.

coalition of rebel groups, Patriots Alliance for ChangeIt denied any involvement in the attack, describing it as a “despicable and brutal” act. The coalition, formed in December 2020 to oust President Faustin-Archange Touadera, blamed “Russian Wagner mercenaries” for the attack.

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