Senegal tear gas death must be probed

2011-02-02 22:07

Dakar - A Senegalese human rights body called on Wednesday for a probe into the death of a young man after he was alleged to have been hit on the head by a tear gas grenade fired by police after a football game.

The Senegalese human rights league said in a statement it "demands the immediate opening of an independent and impartial investigation to rapidly shed lights on the the circumstances of this death".

The family of the victim, Louis Gomis, 19, said he died on Tuesday in a Dakar hospital after being hit in the head by a tear gas grenade launched by police after a football match on Saturday.

"Police threw a tear gas canister. The family could not even recognize his face", his mother told private radio station RFM. The family has laid a complaint against the police.

Contacted by AFP, the Senegalese police did not link Gomis' death with the tear gas thrown after the match on the outskirts of Dakar.

Senegalese police have often come under fire for violations of human rights during protests.