Gambia has authorized the deployment of additional personnel to its southern border to assure communities along the Casamance border of better security.
Chiefs, Council of Elders and representatives of over 300 Alkalolu from Foni and West Coast Region in Brikama held talks with the Homeland Security Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty over safety concerns in border settlements.
“I authorized the additional deployment of joint Police and Immigration border patrol to beef up our presence to assure our communities along the Casamance frontier,” Fatty said.
A low-level crisis for independence in Senegal’s Casamance region has been ongoing since the 1980s. Fighting has not broken out since President Macky Sall came to power in 2012 defeating Abdoulie Wade.
Gambia denied that Senegalese troops stationed in its West Coast Region, part of regional troops sent to oust long-standing ruler Yahya Jammeh, launched attacks on separatist fighters in Casamance from its borders.
Armed robbery is often reported in border towns. At least three people, including a police officer, were wounded last week when armed robbers attacked a police post and two local shops.