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Senegal's army, rebels clash

2012-07-06 10:40

Ziguinchor - A military spokesperson says Senegalese soldiers in the country's south clashed with separatists from the rebel Democratic Forces of Casamance in fighting that killed several of the insurgents and injured two soldiers.

Abdourahim Kebe, the army's director of public relations, says the clash began at dawn on Thursday near the village of Emaye, located about 40km from Ziguinchor, the capital of the southern region of Casamance. He says the rebels attacked the government position with rocket-propelled grenades, and the military retaliated.

Newly elected President Macky Sall held his cabinet meeting last week in Ziguinchor, a gesture intended to spotlight the agriculturally-rich but troubled southern district, which has struggled for years with the low-simmering separatist movement.