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.”