Opposition supporter ‘seriously’ injured in an attack in Gambia’s president’s native village

Opposition supporter ‘seriously’ injured in an attack in Gambia’s president’s native village

At least one person has been seriously injured in the eastern Gambian village of Mankamang Kunda in a skirmish involving supporters of former President Yahya Jammeh and current leader, Adama Barrow.

Mankamang Kunda is President Barrow’s native village in the Jimara district, where the had lost a bid to become a parliamentarian and also lost the polls in the district during the presidential election.

Supporters of Jammeh’s defeated APRC party said their convoy was attacked in the village by loyalists of the Barrow government. They denied provoking the villagers.

During Jammeh’s rule, opposition campaigners have avoided holding rallies in Kanilai and the Foni districts, Jammeh’s native home. The coalition backed Barrow skipped the region during the 2016 elections that brought Barrow to power.

It the first attack being reported by the opposition this year. Opposition supporters from the APRC have reported being attacked by government supporters in Busumbala, a village outside the administrative city of Brikama.

At least four people were injured in the attack but no arrests were made. It is yet to be clear if anyone has been arrested in connection with Monday’s attack but opposition senior official, Ousman Rambo Jatta said they had captured the incident on video.

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