Mine in Casamance Senegal – A man of about 60 years old was killed Thursday by a mine in Casamance, southern Senegal, where a separatist rebellion broke out since 1982, reliable sources told PANA on Saturday.
The sources said that the incident happened in Djirack, near the Guinea-Bissau border, about 60 kilometers west of the regional capital, Ziguinchor.
The victim, the sources said, was in the forest fetching firewood when he stepped on the mine.
Military sources have also confirmed the accident to PANA.
Djirack is one of the areas in Southern Senegal that is littered with mines.
The Senegalese national anti-mine action (CNAMS), tasked with mining clearance since 2008, has not been effective because the presence of several rebel bases of the Movement of democratic forces in Casamance (MFDC), which is claiming the independence of Casamance.