Another MFDC-Senegalese Army Clash, This Time Inside Senegal

Gambian security sources have confirmed to The Alkamba Times (TAT) another gunfight between the MFDC, and Senegalese soldiers patrolling the border.
Gambia Armed Forces spokesperson, Captain Malick Sanyang confirmed that the clashes happened, but was quick to add that the skirmishes occurred on the Senegalese side of the border. 
This latest clash came after the two sides clashed in January, reported in Gambian territory and displaced Gambians in villages on the border with the southern Senegalese region of Casamance.
The clash also comes barely a month after the MFDC released seven Senegalese soldiers it captured them, after successful mediation by Ecowas and the Gambia government. 
“As far as we know, there have been clashes between the Senegalese forces and MFDC, but it happened on the Senegalese side of the border, the GAF spokesperson told TAT.
He said the Senegalese soldiers serving under Ecomig in the Gambia were not Involved.
The reported fighting follows the deployment of the Gambia Armed Forces Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to the border, following the January incident, which has provided security and given confidence to Gambians living in the Fonis and the border villages.
“Our involvement as far GAF is to ensure that our side of the border is perfectly secured by our men. Since our deployment we have not seen or heard any incident there,” Captain Sanyang said. 
It would be recalled that in 2017 Senegalese troops were deployed to The Gambia as part of Ecowas forces, to enforce President Adama Barrow’s election victory when ex-president Yahya Jammeh refused to accept defeat.
The MFDC is a separatist movement engaged in the conflict in Casamance, which dates back to 1982 and has claimed thousands of victims.
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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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