Gambia’s environmental clash turns deadly

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -  Two  people were confirmed dead  and many others seriously injured, including personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU), following a sand mining dispute in Faraba Banta,  West Coast Region of the Gambia on Monday.

Sources said Bakary Kujabi and Ebrima Bah died during a clash between the Police and villagers who wanted to stop Julakay Engineering and Construction Company from sand mining in the community area.

Ten PIU officers, injured during the clash, were rushed to the hospital in Banjul for treatment.
The villagers accused Julakay company of environmental exploitation and degradation.

In its press release, made available to PANA, the office of the Inspector General of Police stated that in the early hours of 18 June 2018, residents of Faraba Banta and personnel of The Gambia Police Force were involved in a clash that led to the regrettable death of Bakary Kujabi and Ismaila Bah and injury to several others.

“The Office of the Inspector General of Police wishes to make it clear that it did not authorize the use of fire arms and will investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident," said the statement in which the IGP expressed "sincere condolences to the bereaved families and promise that appropriate action will be taken.”

The release also urged the community of Faraba Banta to keep the peace, be law abiding and refrain from violence while investigations were launched.
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18 june 2018 19:51:59

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