China has expressed outrage at the killing of nine of its nationals in the Central African Republic.
Gunmen stormed the gold mining site to carry out the attacks but later in a statement accused Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group of being behind the violence.
Days earlier gunmen kidnapped three Chinese nationals in the country’s west near the border with Cameroon.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping condemned the killing and called for “severe punishment” for the perpetrators, a statement from the foreign ministry said on Monday.