Wagner accuses France after an assassination attempt against a Russian official in the Central African Republic.
Published on 16.12.2022
The leader of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner accused France after a parcel bomb attack in the Central African Republic seriously injured a Moscow representative on Friday in this African country where Wagner’s fighters are deployed, after the withdrawal of French forces.
“Before losing consciousness, Dmitri Siti managed to say: ‘I saw a message: it’s for you from all the French, the Russians will leave Africa'”, said Evguéni Prigojine, reputed to be close of Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Telegram messaging.
“I have already addressed the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to launch a procedure to declare France as a State sponsor of terrorism”, affirmed Evguéni Prigojine, quoted by his press service.
Earlier this Friday, the director of a Russian cultural center in the Central African Republic was “seriously” injured during a parcel bomb attack in Bangui, said the Russian embassy in this country at the heart of the strategy of influence of Moscow in Africa.
“The head of the Russian House (a cultural center, editor’s note) received an anonymous package on Friday, opened it and an explosion occurred”, indicated the press service of the Russian embassy, quoted by the official news agency TASS, stating that this official, Dmitri Syty, was hospitalized with “serious injuries”.
On Thursday, December 14, the last French soldiers deployed in the Central African Republic had just left this country. Most of the 130 soldiers who made up his contingent had left the Central African Republic in recent weeks, according to the French army.
This withdrawal was decided in the summer of 2021 by the French, faced with the growing role of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner. Paris had then estimated that Bangui is “accomplice” of an anti-French campaign guided by Russia.
Present since 2013 in this country which has been experiencing a civil war since that date, the French forces of the logistics mission (MISLOG-B) have not contributed to restoring peace there, which explains the reasons why the Central African authorities have decided to ask for help from the Russian paramilitary force.