By Buba Gagigo
Senegalese President Macky Sall has paid his condolences to the families of soldiers who died in a gun-firing incident between his soldiers in the ECOMIG mission and MFDC rebels.
President Sall, who lost key cities to the opposition in the Sunday’s local government elections, issued the statement on Tuesday, following the incident on Gambian soil on Monday.
“I wish to convey my sincere condolences to the families of our brave soldiers who died during a security operation to fight against wood trafficking in the south of Bwiam, within the framework of the ECOWAS mission in The Gambia. I wish a speedy recovery to all injured,” he said.
The ECOMIG Spokesperson, Major Alfred Marteye, gave an account of the incident to the Standard newspaper.
“The Senegalese ECOMIG contingent was on regular patrol and when they got to Ballen around Bajagarr area where they were fired upon by the rebels. So the patrol team returned fire and in the process, one of the rebels died and his weapon was retrieved and then on the part of the ECOMIG soldiers, we registered one casualty.
“When that happened, we immediately reinforced our troops in Ballen and currently, the area is calm and we will ensure that the locals in the area are safe. We want to assure the residents we will do everything possible to make sure that they are safe,” Major Alfred Marteye, was quoted as saying in the Bakau based newspaper’s Tuesday publication.
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