MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday a preliminary investigation showed three Russian journalists were killed in the Central African Republic this week by assailants who wanted to rob them.

The three journalists, whose employer said they were investigating Russian mercenaries in the torn country, tried to resist their attackers when they were killed, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing in Moscow on Friday.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams)

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