Three Chinese nationals were killed in Central African Republic following the disappearance of a community youth leader. Locals lashed out in anger while waiting at the police department's findings into the disappearance. The victims were beaten with sticks as they were blamed by locals for the alleged drowning the youth leader. Three more Chinese nationals were treated for their injuries.
Reports state that approximately 10 male Chinese nationals had drafted youth leader Ignace Dimbele-Nakoea, who was also the younger brother of the National Assembly's second vice president, to help guide them along the Kadei River to the nearby site of a local gold mine. They then alleged that their boat capsized en route to the mine, and Dimbele-Nakoea drowned. His body was later retrieved from the river, raising the suspicions of the tight-knit community.
In the country’s capital of Bangui, government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui went on record to state that the crime would not go unpunished.
The Chinese embassy has yet to release a statement on the crime. Following the incident, the victims of the bodies were flown to the country's capital.
The Central African Republic is bordered by Chad and Sudan to the north, South Sudan to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as the Republic of the Congo to the southwest and Cameroon to the west. The country had been plagued by civil war for over a decade with rebel groups taking over entire towns and regions of the country.
The investigation into the death of community leader Dimbele-Nakoea continues.