Three Russian mercenaries and two Central African police officers were killed on Friday when their vehicle passed over a mine laid by rebels in Bondiba, in the northwest of the Central African Republic.

Tragedy in the Central African Republic, where three Russian mercenaries and two Central African police officers lost their lives, Friday, May 28, 2021, when their vehicle passed over a mine laid by rebels in Bondiba, in the northwest of this Central African country.

“Friday morning, in the town of Bondiba, a vehicle transporting Central African police officers and our Russian allies, mounted on a mine, on the Dongbaïkè road axis in the Nana-Mambéré prefecture, in the north-west of the Central African Republic “, Indicated this Saturday, the prefect of Nana-Mambere, Marcel Bagazara, according to information reported by Anadolu.

Local authorities told the newspaper that it is a mine laid by rebels from the Coalition of Patriots for Change. “We unfortunately recorded five deaths including two Central African police and three Russians and four wounded including three police and a Central African soldier,” lamented the source of the newspaper.

Marcel Bagazara, who specified that the wounded and the bodies were transported Friday evening to Bangui, added that “the victims were on board a police patrol vehicle in support of the Russian partners since the start of their offensive against the rebels. They had been on a search mission in the Abba area since last Tuesday “.

This tragedy comes as the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) announced, ten days ago, the launch of a demining operation in the west of the Central African Republic. The goal was to remove all landmines buried by the rebels.

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