Fatou Manneh

A resident of Brikama, West Coast Region of the Gambia, has died after she was struck by a stray bullet fired by Gambian soldiers at a firing range.

Fatou Manneh was out on Thursday looking for wood in the bush near Lance Corporal Bojang Firing range, Brikama, when she was hit.

She was taken to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), Banjul, where she sadly took her last breath on Saturday.

A military spokesman said a group of military police officers were at the range for a routine training exercise.

The spokesman said the officers were alerted that a woman had sustained a gunshot wound and was quickly taken to the EFSTH hospital in Banjul for treatment.

The army has opened an investigation into the incident and the public is warned to keep out of the range and to heed the press releases carried out the public media about upcoming exercises.