Soldiers from the Gambia's presidential guard secure the road leading to Banjul International Airport ahead of President Jammeh's arrival

Gambia’s presidential guard vehicle kills two, injures several others

A State Guard vehicle heading towards Bajulinding ran into a crowd killing at least two people and injuring seven others in Lamin, 14 miles southeast of the capital, Banjul.

The two deaths included an old woman, whose identity is yet to be revealed.

At least five of people hit by the presidential guard vehicle are students from St. Peters High School and eyewitnesses said the vehicle was traveling beyond the legal speed limit on the double highway. Others who were injured were coming from a funeral, according to reports.

The accident occurred in a residential area where pedestrian activity is high and has businesses on both sides of the road.

It is not the first time a presidential guard vehicle has been involved in a deadly crash and members of the elite unit have been accused of driving recklessly and acting with impunity.

No member of the State Guards has ever been prosecuted for reckless driving or vehicular homicide and Monday’s accident is sure to reignite calls for those responsible for such deaths be held liable.

 

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