News

Russian Helicopter Bombs Mining Site, Kills 2 Workers In Central African Republic

A Russian helicopter gunship belonging to the Wagner Security Group has bombed a mining site in Central African Republic.

A Russian helicopter gunship belonging to the Wagner Security Group last Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 bombed the Ndassima mining site in Bambari, Central African Republic, killing two civilians and injuring 10 others.

The Central African Republic military high command and their Russian allies said the bombing was an error of targeting.

“The Russian helicopter had for the past two weeks been bombing the locality of Bambari with the intention of harassing and chasing away elements of the Unite pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) rebel group from the area,” a top military source told HumAngle.

According to the military source who did not want to be named, the helicopter dropped two explosives on a position of the Ndassima mining site owned by the Wagner Security Group around 2 a.m. CAT on Thursday, Jan. 6.

“Some of the wounded persons were transferred to a hospital in Bambari while the others were moved to the capital Bangui.”

“Right now we don’t know the number of Russian mercenaries who were either killed or wounded during the attack, but certain eyewitnesses say they saw a wounded Wagner mercenary being transferred to the Bambari hospital among the victims.”

According to other local security sources, this new strategy of nocturnal attacks by air to force the rebels to surrender, resorted to in the past weeks by the Russian mercenaries with a view to also putting pressure and demoralizing the rebels seems to be affecting mostly innocent civilians.


Support Our Journalism

There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.

To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.

Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.

Donate Here

No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means without proper attribution to HumAngle, generally including the author's name, a link to the publication and a line of acknowledgement.

Chief Bisong Etahoben

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.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Translate »