A local official in the Central African Republic says nine Chinese businessmen have been killed in an attack on a gold mine blamed on rebels.
CAR ‘rebels’ kill nine Chinese citizens in mine attack
Suspected rebels have stormed a Chinese-operated gold mining site that had recently been launched in Central African Republic, killing nine Chinese citizens and wounding two others, authorities say.
The attack came just days after gunmen kidnapped three Chinese citizens in the country’s west near the border with Cameroon, prompting President Faustin Archange Touadera to travel to China in a bid to reassure investors.
The attack on the Chimbolo gold mine began about 5am on Friday when the gunmen overpowered the site’s guards and opened fire, said Abel Matipata, mayor of the nearby town of Bambari.
The mining site’s launch had taken place just days earlier, he added.