Wagner mercenaries suspected of killing nine Chinese citizens in Africa – AP

Mercenaries from the Russian private military company Wagner staged a takeover of a recently launched gold mining facility in the Central African Republic. The actions of the “Wagnerites” led to the death of nine Chinese citizens and the injury of two more people.

At first, a coalition of rebels was accused of the crime, but later they ruled out their guilt, saying that Russian mercenaries from the Wagner PPK were involved in the violence. It is reported by the news agency Associated Press.

The attack took place on the morning of March 19, just days after militants kidnapped three Chinese citizens in the west of the country near the border with Cameroon. This in turn prompted President Faustin Arcange Touadère to plan a trip to China to reassure investors.

The assault on the Chimbolo gold mine began at about 5 am, when the militants overcame the guards and opened fire. The bodies of the victims were taken to the CAR capital Bangui. Local authorities said they were chasing the attackers, but declined to comment further. Residents said the violence was the latest incident to undermine confidence in the country’s security forces.

According to local residents, it is difficult for the government of the Central African Republic to prove its ability to protect the country’s citizens and foreigners living in the CAR.

Anselm Bange, who supports the current presidential administration, called the attack on Chinese businessmen an act of “unspeakable cowardice.” He added that such mercenary atrocities have not only slowed down the country’s economic growth, but are now jeopardizing the foundations of development.

Recall that the extraction of oil, gas, diamonds and gold in Sudan, Syria and other countries has brought the founder of the Russian PPC Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin more than $ 250 million in income since 2018. And even despite many years of Western sanctions against him.

By the way, the purpose of Wagner’s gold mining in Sudan is to illegally replenish Russian gold and foreign exchange reserves and mitigate the effect of Western economic sanctions on the Russian economy. Potentially, production can increase the gold reserves of the Russian Federation by $130 billion.

Earlier it was reported that US officials were concerned about the growing activity of the Russian private military company Wagner in Serbia and African countries. The aggressor continues to use this organization for influence operations.

As GLOBAL HAPPENINGS reported, the United States classified the Wagner private military company as a subject of particular concern. Such measures are taken to protect the values ​​and interests of protecting national security and advancing human rights throughout the world.

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