Official Central African sources have confirmed on tuesday that three Russian journalists accredited in this troubled country in West Africa have been killed by unknown gunmen.
The victims were arrested by individuals who set up a fake checkpoint in the area of Sibut, the capital of Kemo Prefecture, some 120 km north of this capital.
In the reconstruction of the events, the authorities determined the three journalists were returning overland from the Kaga Bandoro area when they were arrested by unknown gunmen; their bodies were taken to the base of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic to be handed over to the Russian embassy.
The news of the multiple murder comes after the release of a statement in which the European Union announces it will maintain its military presence in this country for another two years in the form of an army and police training mission.
The group is made up of 170 specialists and arrived at its base in this capital in 2016, during the paroxysm of fighting between Muslim armed entities, called Seleka, and Christian paramilitary groups after President Francois Bozize’s deposition in 2013.
Among the tasks accomplished by the pan-European force, the text lists ‘the training of more than 3,000 Central African soldiers and officers in military strategy and operational readiness, the statement says.
According to official statistics, the conflict between the two religious communities is one of the most serious and protracted in the continent, causing the death of tens of thousands of people, the forced displacement of some 700,000 and a humanitarian crisis including 2,500,000.