Senegal: Gunmen kill 13 in restive Casamance region
January 6, 2018
The attack is one of the worst to occur in Senegal's southern region in recent years. The army says it is not clear whether the gunmen were members of the separatist Movement of Democratic Forces for Casamance (MFDC).
Gunmen killed at least 13 people and injured seven in the Bayotte forest in Senegal's southern Casamance region on Saturday, according to the country's military.
The victims were collecting wood when they were attacked some 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the regional capital Ziguinchor, army spokesman Abdoul Ndiaye said late on Saturday.
The attack is one of the worst to occur in recent years in Casamance, an area separated from the richer northern regions of Senegal by The Gambia.
Armed conflict between separatist rebels known as the Movement of Democratic Forces for Casamance (MFDC) and the government had afflicted the region intermittently for over three decades until both sides signed a ceasefire in 2014.