YAOUNDE, Central African Republic- Three Chinese nationals were killed, in the south-western Central African Republic (CAR), the Chinese Embassy in the CAR confirmed, Friday. A boat, carrying four Chinese and a local young man, capsized Thursday, in the town of Sosso-Nakombo, causing the disappearance of the local man.

The surviving four Chinese then went to a gendarmerie brigade, to report the incident. At this moment, bandits, who were informed of the disappearance of their compatriot, came to attack the Chinese, killing three of them and seriously wounding the fourth. The gendarmerie brigade was also attacked and ransacked.

On Friday, Chinese Ambassador to the CAR, Chen Dong, had a telephone conversation with the country’s President, Faustin-Archange Touadera, and met with Prime Minister, Simplice-Mathieu Sarandji, and Minister of the Interior in charge of public security, Henri Wanzet Linguissara.

The Chinese ambassador called on the CAR authorities to do everything necessary, to find and punish the criminals, as well as, to ensure the safety and other legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals there.

Touadera and Sarandji condemned the brutality of the perpetrators, and expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and the government of China.

Reinforcements have been deployed to the locality of the tragedy. The bodies of the three victims and the person who was seriously injured were sent to the capital Bangui, where the injured are currently under intensive medical care.


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