Gambia detains two soldiers for taking part in Kanilai protest

Gambia detains two soldiers for taking part in Kanilai protest

Two Gambian soldiers have been arrested and detained by the military’s police unit for taking part in a deadly protest demanding the withdrawal of West African troops in the restive Foni region.

Mustapha Badjie and Yusupha Sanneh were part of former President Yahya Jammeh’s elite guard unit that secured his home in Kanilai, in southwestern Gambia, security sources say.

Videos from last week’s protest saw a man in a Gambia Armed Forces vest pushing down security barricades and setting logs of wood on fire outside Jammeh’s abandoned compound.

Another saw a Gambian soldier stating his anguish at the presence of West African troops that were deployed to stabilize the security situation in the country.

At least one person has died and several people injured during last week’s Kanilai demonstration. 22 people were arrested, according to Minister for Interior, Mai Ahmad Fatty but were released on bail on Wednesday.

Former President Jammeh is believed to have loyalist within the security services, including the military. A leaked report to President Adama Barrow indicated that members of a militia group that backed the defeated leader were enlisted into the intelligence agency.

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