Several villagers were also injured during the standoff

The Gambia Government has launched an investigation into Monday’s killings of protesters in Faraba Banta, Kombo East, West Coast Region.

Bakary Kujabi and Ebrima Bah, were shot dead by officers of the Gambia’s Police Intervention Unit during a during a dispute concerning the exploitation of sand in the area.

Several villagers named locally as Sulayman Jammeh, Sainey Sonko, Amadou Nyang Sir Dawda Daffeh , Bubacarr Darboe,Mariama Bah, Abdoulie Jobe and Alhagie Camara were also injured.
Commenting on the situation, Amie Bojang-Sissoho, press secretary at the Office of the President, the presidency is monitoring the situation.

Writing on her Facebook page, Mrs Bojang-Sissoho said: “It is with dismay and disappointment to learn about clashes between the some PIU members and some natives of Faraba, which sadly led to lost of lives and injuries. The Office of the President is monitoring the situation and President Barrow is being updated. An investigation has begun to gather facts about what led to the clashes and who authorized the shooting. You will updated as we get more information.”