The troopers, members of a regional peacekeeping pressure, are ‘in all probability being held hostage’ by rebels from Senegal’s Casamance area, the military says.
The Senegalese military says 9 of its troopers serving in a multinational peacekeeping pressure in The Gambia have gone “lacking” and certain taken hostage by rebels from Senegal’s southern Casamance area following a conflict.
The announcement on Tuesday got here a day after the military stated two troopers had been killed in the identical battle with fighters believed to belong to the Motion of Democratic Forces of the Casamance (MFDC).
One insurgent was additionally killed and three captured by Senegalese forces within the combating on Monday, a military assertion stated.
“The 9 lacking troopers are in all probability held hostage by the MFDC. Operations are ongoing to seek out them and safe the zone,” it added.
The troopers had been monitoring timber trafficking as a part of ECOMIG, a peacekeeping mission from the Financial Neighborhood of West African States regional bloc.
The MFDC was shaped in 1982 to struggle for independence for Casamance.
The motion has been largely dormant since a ceasefire in 2014 however has been blamed by the Senegalese authorities for infrequent assaults since then and continues to finance itself by timber trafficking between Senegal and The Gambia, a tiny strip of territory that’s bordered on three sides by Senegal.
ECOMIG, made up primarily of Senegalese troopers, was deployed to The Gambia in January 2017 after former longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh refused to cede energy after shedding a presidential election.
Its mission has continued at President Adama Barrow’s request regardless of Jammeh’s departure into exile.