Senegal

Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) Investigators probing a massacre in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region said they had captured the organiser of the attack and said some separatist rebels were implicated in the killings. Fourteen young men were slaughtered in execution-style killings in a protected forest on January 6. The bloodbath — which comes at a delicate time for peace talks for Casamance — caused some to blame a group that has led a 35-year armed campaign for the region’s independence. The separatist group itself blames a fight within the illegal logging trade,Read More
Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) A rebel leader in Senegal’s Casamance warns his fighters may end a three-year truce if the army pursues a crackdown in the troubled region. Salif Sadio, a leader of the Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) which is staging a 35-year-old campaign for independence, issued the warning after a wave of arrests following a massacre in a protected forest. Fourteen young men were killed in execution-style killings on January 6 in the forest of Bayotte. Early suspicions for the bloodbath fell on the MFDC. But the groupRead More
Dakar (AFP) Sixteen people are to be prosecuted in connection with the massacre of 14 young men in Senegal’s troubled region of Casamance, a source close to the case said on Friday. The accused face charges of murder and criminal association over the January 6 killings in the forest of Bayotte. The 16 suspects, who were arrested on Sunday, also face charges of participation in a rebel movement and possession of weapons without authorisation, according to the source. Six other people detained by police have been released without charge “forRead More
Dakar (AFP) President Macky Sall on Thursday suspended all authorisations for logging and ordered an overhaul of Senegal’s forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber. In a statement, Sall said he had instructed the government “to suspend until further orders all authorisations for logging and to immediately proceed with a revision of the forestry code.” He also urged the armed forces to “use all necessary means to permanently neutralise all armed groups” operating on national soil. On January 6, 14 young men were murdered, mostRead More
Dakar (AFP) A gunman was killed in Senegal’s southern Casamance region during a shootout at the weekend with soldiers searching for the killers of 14 men in an area known for its illegal logging networks. A military source told AFP on Monday that troops fell upon an armed group in the search area. “There were clashes. We killed one of them,” the source said. Senegalese police said Sunday they had arrested 22 people suspected of involvement in the January 6 massacre, which many have blamed on rival criminal outfits whoRead More
Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) Senegalese police said Sunday they have arrested 22 people suspected of involvement in a January 6 massacre of 14 young men in the troubled region of Casamance. The arrests were the first in connection with the killings in a region separated from the rest of Senegal by The Gambia, and which has been the target of an independence campaign for more than 35 years. “Ongoing investigations have opened up useful lines of enquiry leading to the arrest thus far of 22 people, all of Senegalese nationality,” aRead More
Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) A rebel movement in Senegal’s restive southern region of Casamance on Monday blamed the massacre of 13 men at the weekend on a feud in the illegal teak logging industry. The Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) said it “firmly condemns” the killings, which it claimed sought to wreck efforts to restore peace to the troubled Casamance region. The movement “will not let itself be distracted or disorientated by the gravediggers of peace”, said the group, which has been campaigning for the region’s independence since 1982. TheRead More
Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) The Senegalese government vowed Sunday to be “relentless” in tracking down and bringing to justice those responsible for the execution of 13 people in the southern region of Casamance. Gunmen ordered a group of men and youths, out looking for wood, to lie on the ground deep in the forest before opening fire, a survivor said following the first upsurge in violence in the isolated Senegalese region in years. President Macky Sall, condemning an “armed attack of rare barbarity”, summoned his national security council and ordered aRead More
Ziguinchor (Senegal) (AFP) Thirteen youths were killed on Saturday by “armed elements” in the Casamance region of southern Senegal, an area ravaged by armed conflict for more than three decades, a security source said. The victims were out collecting wood in the Bayotte forest, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the regional capital Ziguinchor, “when they were attacked by an armed band of 15 people,” army spokesman Abdou Ndiaye told AFP. A source in Ziguinchor said that “thirteen were killed and two were able to escape,”, with Ndiaye adding that sevenRead More
Dakar (AFP) Qatar’s emir landed in Senegal on Wednesday at the start of a six-nation tour of West Africa as Doha seeks out new markets after Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries cut ties with the wealthy emirate. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s is expected to visit Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Senegal, according to foreign ministry spokeswoman Lulwa al-Khater. The visit is part of Doha’s drive to open up new markets and diversify its economy amid an ongoing blockade by its neighbours, Khater said. The emirRead More