Interior Minister Sonko            Jammeh’s security forces
killed another Gambian

By Our Chief National Correspondent Landing Badjie, Banjul.
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There was panic and pandemonium this morning in the commercial heart of Serekunda when multitudes of youths took to the streets to demonstrate the alleged killing of a youth in the Serekunda suburb of London Corner. Commercial activities and vehicular transport were virtually paralyzed as shop-keepers in the most populous local area of The Gambia closed their shops whilst market vendors run helter-skelter. Road blocks were set-up, tires burnt and missiles thrown. The 20-year-old youth was reportedly stabbed by a drug enforcement agent, causing him to bleed profusely. The boy, Abdoulie Minteh, was rushed to  Serekunda police station and subsequently Serekunda Health Centre where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy report indicated that Minteh had died of excessive bleeding caused by a deep stab on the pelvis. But the police high command in Banjul this afternoon issued a media release explaining that Minteh was killed when he fell on an iron, sustaining injury on the groin.

The youths, who were accompanied by women some of whom were wailing and shedding silent tears, overwhelmed the busy Bambo/Saffideen Road, brandishing white flags and chanting slogans. The access roads to the town’s market and the police station were cordoned off by a contingent of heavily armed security men from the country’s security agencies.

Today’s demonstration was a follow-up to last night’s disturbances in London Corner. No damage to property or injury were reported during and after the nearly-three-hour protest over what the demonstrators see as a police brutality. The youths have alleged that one of their colleagues was brutally killed by a security agent on Wednesday in London Corner at around 9pm local time.

The 20-year-old youth was reportedly stabbed by a drug enforcement agent, causing him to bleed profusely. The boy, Abdoulie Minteh, was rushed to  Serekunda police station and subsequently Serekunda Health Centre where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy report indicated that Minteh had died of excessive bleeding caused by a deep stab on the pelvis. But the police high command in Banjul this afternoon issued a media release explaining that Minteh was killed when he fell on an iron, sustaining injury on the groin.

The police say Minteh died whist attempting to escape from a security task force that was dispatched to the area when a tip-off was received that some youths were smoking cannabis sativa on a particular street in London Corner. The police say there is no cause for concern as the situation was ‘under control.’  They also say they are investigating the matter.

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Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 (Archive on Wednesday, June 27, 2007)
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