Entrance to Yahya Jammeh’s Kanilai home

A confrontation between Gambian soldiers and the ECOWAS Military Intervention Mission in the Gambia (ECOMIG) at Kanilai left three Gambian soldiers injured. The seriousness of the injuries has not been made public.

But the Gambian army Spokesman says “there is no cause for panic or alarm” as the situation is under control.

The incident, according to Kairo News sources, resulted after the ECOMIG soldiers on a weapon search mission at Kanilai weapons were denied entrance former President Yahya Jammeh’s residence. Gambian soldiers insisted they would only allow access to the residence provided they receive orders from the top army command,” our source said.

What could have been amicably solved soon escalated into firing of warning shots by the ECOMIG soldiers. Gambian soldiers responded in a like manner resulting to a confrontation during which two soldiers were shot on their legs.

However, it is not confirmed whether the discharge of weapon negligent or deliberate.

“But the matter has been resolved and there is no cause for panic,” the army Spokesman Lt. Col. told The  Standard, assuring that the incident will be jointly investigated by a board to determine what provoked the incident. “But actually it was just a simple misunderstanding that has been properly handled and taken care of. There is absolutely no cause for panic or alarm.”


One Comment

  1. What does, ‘There is absolutely no cause for panic or alarm’, means to Gambians?
    Was it possible for Ecomig to proceed on their weapons search mission?
    No, that’s not a question to worry about! What to worry about is;
    Wasn’t Kaninlai screened and placed under the surveillance of the Ecomig central command?
    Why did it take all this long for Kaninlai to be kept a mysterious secret?
    Is military hardware of the Gambia armed forces accounted for to the last last grenade, bullet and bayonet?
    Shouldn’t citizenship statuses of all Kaninlai residency and elsewhere deemed necessary be thoroughly verified?
    The fact that we are all Africans and ECOWAS citizens for this matter is an undisputable fact, at the same time an irrefutable fact that ECOWAS states subjects cannot be involved in cross border trade of violence. Any conspiracy from wherever it is masterminded in the Kaninlai predicament must be brought to light if, indeed the Barrow government have any urge at all to push the democratic process of the Gambia any stronger or further standards.

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