SABC News - 12 Soldiers killed as violence in Senegal continues:Wednesday 21 December 2011

12 Soldiers killed as violence in Senegal continues

Wednesday 21 December 2011 15:54

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At least 12 soldiers have been killed in Senegal's Casamance region,an area in the southern part of the country prone to sporadic violence, Senegalese media reported today.

According to the newspaper Walf Fadjri, separatist rebel fighters attacked an army base near the town of Bignona at dawn today. A spokesperson for the army said at least 12 soldiers were killed and a further five were missing.

A prominent army captain is believed to be among the dead.

Casamance, a green, tropical area that lies south of Gambia, has been hit by occasional acts of violence for the last three decades as separatist rebels belonging to the Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance push for independence.

Analysts describe the situation as a stalled, low-key conflict, with long periods of peace and only sporadic flare-ups.

Analysts describe the situation as a stalled, low-key conflict, with long periods of peace and only sporadic flare-ups.

In 2000, Senegal's president Abdoulaye Wade famously announced that he would solve the long crisis within 100 days. Numerous peace accords have been signed since then, but most have failed to last for any significant amount of time.

The 85-year-old president is running for re-election in Senegal's next presidential election, scheduled for February 2012.


 

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