0905 GMT November 12, 2019
The kidnapping of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the kidnapping earlier this week of a UN staff member and a French charity worker, highlighting insecurity in the country despite the presence of French and UN peacekeepers, worldbulletin.net reported.
Tatiana Yangeko, Sayo's spokeswoman, said the minister was driving his wife and his brother back from church when four unidentified gunmen in a taxi stopped their vehicle in Bangui's 8th arrondissement, shot in the air and seized the minister.
"They got out of the taxi, shot in the air and forced the minister out of his car. They fled with him towards Boy Rabe," Yangeko said, referring to a neighborhood that is a stronghold of the 'anti-Balaka' militia.
"We have told the prime minister," she added.