Gambia: West African leaders call for calm, restraint in Kanilai

Gambia: West African leaders call for calm, restraint in Kanilai

Regional leaders that backed Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has expressed concerns over a violent protest in the West African nation involving their ECOMIG forces and supporters of ousted ruler, Yahya Jammeh.

At least one person has died, shot by ECOMIG forces and six others reportedly injured, including three security officers.

Haruna Jatta, 52, was laid to rest on Tuesday in Kanilai and tens of people visited his home to pay their last respects.

At least two members of the Gambia’s armed forces have sighted among demonstrators taking part in last week’s protest and have been purportedly arrested.

An investigation has been launched into the incident and ECOWAS has called for calm and restraint pending the outcome of the findings.

“Pending the findings of the investigation initiated by the Gambian authorities concerning the incident, the ECOWAS Commission calls for calm and restraint, which will allow for national reconciliation and the entrenchment of sustainable peace in the Gambia,” according to a statement from the bloc.

More troops have been deployed to the Foni region since the quelling of the protest. Kanilai residents and Jammeh supporters are demanding the withdrawal of the West African forces from the region.

Gambian authorities warned against violence against security forces and pledged to secure the right to protest. President Adama Barrow says the Kanilai incident “will not be tolerated” anywhere else in the country.

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