4 December 2012

Gambia: Land Mine Explosion Kills Four At Casamance Border

Four people died at the border between the Casamance region of Senegal and the Gambia yesterday 3 December 2012.

According to eyewitness accounts, a group of youth from Bullock village left for the Casamance region to transport their logs and on their way back the tractor they were travelling with rode on a land mine which instantly exploded resulting to the death of four people and left one person seriously injured.

Mr. Kawsu Ceesay, who is injured by the blast, was visited at the RVTH, the main referral hospital in Banjul. Kawsu while on the hospital bed said:"We went to the Casamance region to bring our logs and on our way back our tractor driver left the road and landed on a land mine that exploded and 4 people died."

According to Kawsu, among the death are the driver Yankuba Bojang Colley, Musa Barry and the Driver's two apprentices.

"I was sitting on the logs at the back, otherwise I would also die," Kawsu said. He said the four people who died were sitting next to the driver and once the tractor rode on the land mine, it instantly exploded and the driver died instantly while the other 3 were taken to Sulayman Junkung Hospital where they died.

Kawsu Ceesay, one of the loggers further said since the explosion took place, the rest of their members who were not injured ran away and they were left lying in the bush from 3pm to 6pm when some people came from Kanilai village to take them to Sulayman Junkung Hospital in Bwiam, West Coast Region.

The victim of land mine at the Casamance border (Kawsu Ceesay) revealed that the place where the accident took place is approximately 15-20 kilometres from Kanilai village.

However, Kawsu Ceesay indicated that the four who died and he himself are all from the same village Bullock in the West Coast region of the country.

Kawsu lamented the seriousness of his broken left leg.

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