Gambia: FBI trains police on exhumation as more bodies await to be unearthed

FBI agents in the Gambia has trained local forensic officers and crime scene investigators on examination skills and technique as bodies of those killed by the former regime get unearthed.

The FBI was called to the Gambia to help exhume the remains of a former U.S. army captain, Njaga Jagne. Jagne was killed in action during a putsch to oust former dictator, Yahya Jammeh.

U.S. agents also presented forensic equipment to the police, who are “seriously challenged with sensitive and tedious investigation processes,” according to the police chief, Yankuba Sonko.

“The techniques and skills gained by the officers during the training would help expedite and enhance the whole investigation process,” Sonko said.

Two other U.S. citizens remain missing in the Gambia. A former member of Jammeh’s special force told investigators the men were killed and thrown into a well inside the president’s private residence in a village in southwestern Gambia.

Jammeh came to power in a coup in 1994. He was defeated in the elections last year by a real estate developer, Adama Barrow. Jammeh has since fled the country to Equatorial Guinea.

Jammeh’s regime committed serious human rights violations including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture against those who voiced opposition to the government.

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