Seven soldiers killed by Senegalese rebels

2010-12-28 11:07

Dakar – An army spokesman says seven Senegalese soldiers were killed in an attack in the country’s southern Casamance region, where rebels have struggled for independence for decades.

Colonel Abdourahim Kebe said late on Monday (December 27, 2010) that rebel fighters belonging to the Movement of the Democratic Forces (MDF) attacked a southern village on Sunday.

The army was deployed to fight them off and clear them out of the village.

Casamance is separated from the rest of Senegal by The Gambia, which juts into the centre of the country.

The rebel group has waged a low-level insurgency against Senegal’s government since 1983.

Casamance has been plagued by sporadic violence for years as rebels have fought for independence and against each other.

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