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Senegalese separatists unlikely to pursue threat to end truce following arrests over killings linked to illegal logging

26 January 2018


Investigators into the execution-style killings of 14 young men in Senegal’s southern province of Casamance said on 25 January they had captured the leader of the attack.

Alioune Abdoulaye Sylla, the public prosecutor of Casamance capital Ziguinchor, told a press conference that assailants were “under the orders of a lieutenant in a [rebel] faction”. He added that out of 24 people held in custody since the killings in the protected Bofa Bayotte forest on 6 January, 16 “took an active part”. The leader of the Front Nord faction of the rebel group Mouvement des forces démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC), Salif Sadio, gave an interview to Agence France-Presse in which he denied MFDC involvement and blamed illegal logging gangs connected to corrupt local government and military officials.

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