total of 12 suspects have now been arrested in the Central African Republic after three Chinese nationals were murdered last week by an angry mob.
The murders reportedly occurred after a boat capsized on a river near the town of Sosso-Nakombo. The boat was carrying four Chinese employees of a mining company and a local youth leader. Afterward, the young man was not found.
When the Chinese survivors went to report the incident to a local gendarmerie brigade, they were surrounded and attacked by an angry mob of what the Central African Republic government has called “bandits.”
Over the years, China has invested tremendous amounts into the African continent, bringing new opportunities to locals, but also a measure of anger and resentment that sometimes boils over into violence.
At the Chinese embassy’s request, security force reinforcements were deployed to the area and 58 Chinese nationals evacuated to the safety of a neighboring town. Abdoul Karim Meckassousa, speaker of the Central African Republic’s National Assembly, has strongly condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
Meanwhile, China’s official Xinhua news agency reports that China’s ambassador to the country has assured Meckassousa that this incident will not slow the trend of China and African working together in “friendly cooperation” to “build a community of shared future.”