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Toumani Jallow, Abdoulie Gaye suffocated to death

A Gambian presidential guard soldier accused of setting former President Yahya Jammeh’s party’s head office ablaze was suffocated to death, police investigators said.

Gambia’s Justice Department have indicted six other members of Jammeh’s elite presidential guard unit: WO2 Malick Manga, Lt. Col. Nuha Badgie, Staff Sgt. Sulayman Sambou, Major Momodou Jarju, Cpt. Mustapha Sanneh and Cpt. Michael Jatta for the killing of Lance Corporal Toumani Jallow and Abdoulie Gaye.

Jallow and Gaye were arrested in Banjul, The Gambia’s capital and taken to the outskirts of the border village of Kanilai [Jammeh’s native home] where they were killed and buried in the woods of Tintinba.

Jammeh blamed Jallow and Gaye of causing his defeat in the last year’s general elections. The two were reported to be among a handful of Gambian soldiers accused of causing the fire that destroyed some 300,000 “fraudulent voter cards” to be used by foreigners to vote for Mr. Jammeh.

Gambian authorities are investigating the whereabout of tens of citizens, who have gone missing during Jammeh’s 22-year rule.

Investigations are uncovering the gruesome killing of Jammeh’s perceived enemies by his special hit squad, the Jungulars, who have acted with impunity until the strongman’s ouster.

A court in The Gambia has issued warrants for Jallow and Gaye’s alleged killers. Some of them fled the country with Jammeh to Equatorial Guinea and others are in hiding within the West African region.

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