Head of Russian House in CAR survives assassination attempt
It is suspected that it is a French military-induced act since the attack came a day after the announcement from France that the final 47 French soldiers left the CAR.
The press attache of the Russian Embassy, Vladislav Ilin, confirmed to Sputnik on Friday that an assassination attempt against the general director of the Russian House in the Central African Republic (CAR), Dmitry Syty, has left Syty hospitalized in Bangui.
"This morning, an assassination attempt was made against the general director of the Russian House Mr. Syty. He is in hospital," Ilin said, adding that the location of the attack was at Syty's residence, not on the territory of the Russian embassy.
A package is said to have been sent to the head of the Russian humanitarian mission containing an explosive that detonated in Syty's hands. The Russian Embassy stated that Syty's condition wasn't life-threatening.
France could be behind it
Considering that he had previously received threats, the Central African Republic police regarded the attack as a terrorist act, and the Commonwealth of Officers for International Security (COIS) alongside the Central African Armed Forces training services (FACA), and CAR police, decried the attack and called the perpetrators “real terrorists.”
In a separate but related incident, the government of the Central African Republic announced, on November 28, that "a plane coming from a neighboring country bombed at night a camp containing Russian soldiers and allies in the north and left, causing only damage."
“The enemies of peace in the Central African Republic have shown their true colors. They act like real terrorists, targeting the Russian humanitarian mission,” the COIS told Sputnik. “The friendly ties between Russia and the Central African Republic and the growing cooperation between the two countries are the point of frustration for some world powers who could be responsible for the attack on Dimitry Syty.”
The COIS suggested that “a French military contingent could be behind this terrorist attack,” since the attack came a day after the announcement from France that the final 47 French soldiers left the CAR.
“[The] Russian House in Bangui is a cultural and educational place that organizes various humanitarian events for residents of the Central African Republic and acts as a platform for Central Africans to familiarize themselves with Russian culture,” the COIS noted.
France has been expressing concern with Russia's growing influence in Africa, as Paris considers the continent to be its sphere of influence, the chairman of the African Energy Chamber, NJ Ayuk, told Sputnik.
There are many countries that are interested in cooperating with Africa, which raises concerns in Paris because the continent is considered to be France's "property," Ayuk said, adding that the main concerns are caused by the situation in Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, and Mali.
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