Two soldiers of the Senegalese army and seven presumed members of the Casamance Democratic Forces Movement (MFDC) were killed on Tuesday evening in clashes that took place in the Djibidione area in Southern Senegal, indicated military sources in Ziguinchor.
The clashes took place when armed men opened fire on an army patrol which was carrying out an operation aimed at protecting the people and goods in the area, a source said.
“Our elements were in full operation when they came under fire from armed men who attacked them. This resulted in the death of two soldiers and two others wounded,” one Senegalese soldier declared, affirming that seven assailants were killed .
The death of the two soldiers was confirmed by sources close to the Regional Hospital of Ziguinchor, indicating that two injured soldiers were admitted into the intensive care unit.
“One of our patrols operating in the Djibidione area for the past few days to secure the people and their goods was attacked by armed individuals who opened fire on them,” the communication officer of the South Military Zone, Lieutenant Malamine Camara, said.
He added that the army discovered several fields of Indian hemp in the area.