Post-electoral violence hits southern Gambia

Post-electoral violence hits southern Gambia

Reports of attacks emerged after parliamentary election results were announced in the Gambia, the first major election since the ouster of military strongman, Yahya Jammeh.

A young man was seriously wounded in Brikama after being attacked by a defeated independent candidate and stones were thrown at supporters of the winner of the Kombo South district.

Supporters of the Jammeh’s APRC party’s candidate also clashed with the supporters of the UDP, one of the main parties that united to form the unity government led by President Adama Barrow.

The UDP emerged from nearly two decades of opposition politics to winning an absolute majority in Thursday’s parliamentary polls.

The police have arrested several people in northern and southern Brikama and deployed troops to the opposition stronghold of Foni, where there have been reports of sporadic violence in Sibanor and Somita.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow on Saturday warned against post-electoral violence in the impoverished West African nation, vowing that those found delinquent will be prosecuted.

The police confirmed last week that an opposition politician escaped an assassination attempt and have arrested a man, whose identity has not been made public, for the attack in which several people were wounded.

Police spokesperson, Foday Conta said the man acted as a lone wolf and made no mention of him being a member of the UDP party, whose spokesperson denied the attacker is affiliated to their group.

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