It’s a sad day in Foni, as family members, loved ones and communities converged at the Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul mortuary to collect the remains of the murdered Kanilai man one Mr. Jatta, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Jatta was shot in the stomach by the Senegalese security forces. He was part of group protesters, who marched from Kanila towards Kamfenda, when the Senegalese soldiers open live ammunition on them. Four of the protesters were shot, leaving two of them critically injured. One of them was Mr. Jatta.  He scummed to his demise in the early hours of Saturday.

The late Jatta was in charge of dictator Yahya Jammeh’s cows in Kanilai. Preparations are in high gears to bury his remains in Foni in coming hours. The necessary medical examinations were conducted on Jatta’s body prior to handing over the deceased’s body to his family. 

Villagers on Friday protested against the presence of the Senegalese security forces in Foni, who are part of the ECOMIG contingent. They asked for the immediate withdrawal of the foreign troops.

Gambia’s Information Minister Demba Ali Jawo told the BCC Focus On Africa Program in an interview  that two of the protesters had sustained minor injuries, following what Jawo described as rubber bullets fired at the protesters by the ECOMIG forces. Recent developments into the shooting have contradicted Minister Jawo’s statement that “rubber bullets” were used to fire at the protesters. It turns out that the protesters were shot with live bullets. 

In another development, the medical conditions of one of the protesters, who was shot in the head has deteriorated, according to competent sources. The protester is between live and death situation. We will keep you posted with developments. Watch this space for subsequent updates.   

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