RUSSIA PROBES MURDER OF THREE JOURNALISTS IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

MOSCOW– The Russian Investigative Committee, the country’s main probe agency, on Wednesday said it is investigating the murder of three Russian journalists in Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday.

Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko, were working on a film on a Russian private military company when they were ambushed and killed by unidentified men some 200 km northeast of the capital city Bangui.

The three Russian journalists were on their way to meet a local contact, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Russian online news organisation, Investigation Control Centre on Monday.

Their driver managed to escape and informed the local authorities of the attack.

However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova expressed doubt over the presence of the three journalists in CAR, saying it is “an open question” to what they were actually doing in the African country.

On Wednesday. she wrote on Facebook that the three journalists had travelled to CAR on a tourist visa and had ignored warnings by the local law enforcement agencies not to leave the safety zone.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the Russian Embassy in CAR had not been informed of their presence in CAR.

It added that its staff were in close contact with the local authorities to find out the circumstances of the deaths. They were also making arrangement to send the bodies back to Russia.

Early this year, Russia sent small arms and ammunition and five military and 170 civilian instructors to CAR, the Russian foreign ministry said in April.

It was done with consent of the United Nations Security Council.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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