Three Russian journalists have been killed in an ambush outside the town of Sibut in Central African Republic, officials in both countries said on Tuesday.
The three Russians left the town on Monday night around 7pm and were attacked between two villages about 23 kilometres (14 miles) away, according to Marcelin Yoyo, a Sibut deputy official.
“Security forces in charge told them not to go because it was already dark,” Yoyo said. “They were kidnapped by about 10 men, all turbaned and speaking only Arabic.”
Yoyo said the journalists were slain on the spot, while their driver fled and informed authorities on Tuesday morning.
Vladimir Monteiro, a spokesman for the United Nations mission in Central African Republic, said the victims’ bodies were recovered and taken to a mission hospital in Sibut. He didn’t disclose their nationalities or identities.
The Russian foreign ministry identified the murdered journalists as Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal. It expressed condolences to the families of the dead and said it was working on getting their bodies to Russia.