Gambia: Breaking News: Bafuloto Land Demolition Dispute: ARMED MOB LED BY A MALIAN ASSAULTS ARMY SERGEANT HOMEOWNER, VILLAGE KABILO HEAD, AND PREGNANT WOMAN; SOLDIER’S LEG BROKEN, SEVERAL OTHERS CRITICALLY INJURED!

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A land dispute violence at Bafuloto village, Kombo North, has left an army sergeant, a local village Kabilo head, and others critically injured, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Army Sergeant Yoba Jallow had a broken leg during the violence. Jallow was talking to the media, when an angry mob led by one Alassan Camara, a Malian national, ran onto him. One of the youths stood on Jallow’s leg and broke it on the spot. Jallow’s house was also demolished by the violent youths.The incident happened on Sunday.

Alasana Camara and his thugs were armed with cutlasses and locally made guns when they stormed the village, executing what they called a demolition order on behalf of  the “Mano estate of Sam.”  Many homes were reportedly illegally demolished during that exercise. Camara and co do not have any court order to justify the demolitions, this medium was told.

The attackers were mainly foreigners from Mali.  They were led by Alasana Camara.

Past initial attempts to demolish the houses in that locality was greeted with resistance by the community. Soldier Yoba Jallow was at work, when he was informed that his house was among the demolished houses. He later visited the scene, where he found that part of his house was partially demolished. He then reported the incident to the Farato police station, where his statement was obtained by the officers on duty.

Few days later, the demolition team headed by this Malian guy Alasana Camara, showed up at the village and demolished soldier Jallow’s house to the ground. Other properties were also demolished to the ground.

While Jallow was talking to the media about what happened to his property, Camara and his mob accosted them. The mob were dressed in military outfits, some had cutlasses and other deadly traditional weapons with them. They then started throwing stones at the villagers. Soldier Jallow suffered a broken leg, the local village Kabilo head Alhagie Jobe, and pregnant woman one Jankey were also severely injured. Jobe was hit on the head with a stone. He was unconscious for hours. The injured villagers were hospitalized.

Councilor Alieu Darboe was the one, who facilitated the media presence in the village. He wanted soldier Jallow and the other villagers to recount their own side of the story.

No arrest has been made with regards to the Bafuloto incident. Alasana Camara and co accused persons have been walking scot free.

Camara and his men were said to have been hired to execute the illegal demolition of people’s properties. They have inflicted an untold harm and miseries to the villagers of Bafuloto. Some of the injured villagers are still coping with the various degrees of their injuries. Some of them were in critical condition at the time of their admission to the hospital.

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