Central African Republic : CPC rebels blame Russian instructors
In a statement, the CPC rebels denied their involvement in the deaths of several young traders traveling on motorcycles to the Kouki market in Bossangoa. The government had blamed the rebels for the incident.
The UN said in a statement Thursday, July 22, that 13 civilians were killed the day before in the Central African Republic, 300 km north of Bangui. The rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), contrary to the MINUSCA communiqué, reported 16 dead and denied their involvement in the attack.
They accuse “Russian instructors from the Wagner military company” of being responsible for the massacre. Officially, Russia confirms only the presence of 1135 “unarmed instructors”. However, non-governmental organizations working in the field, France and the United Nations claim that a major part of these men are from the private Russian security group Wagner.
For the United Nations, the Central African Army in collaboration with the Russian “instructors” have committed several “violations of international humanitarian law” (indiscriminate killings).
Mercenaries”, according to UN experts, are also held responsible for the tragedy by the MKMKS of former minister Jean Serge Bokassa. The opposition demands an “independent commission of inquiry” and condemns these acts as “despicable killings”.
Since 2013, the Central African Republic, known as the second poorest country in the world, has been facing civil wars, the number of which has decreased since 2018. In December 2020, the Central African Army succeeded in taking back from the rebels the towns and about 2/3 of the country that they had been controlling for several years.