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Curfew Imposed To Stem Anti-Senegalese Violence

The Gambia government Sunday imposed a 7pm to 6am countrywide curfew to stem rising anti-Senegalese violence across the country. The curfew came after a day of looting and attacks on Senegalese nationals and properties in the country. Sunday’s violence was a reaction to violent attacks upon Gambian players and fans attending the African Nations Cup qualifying match between the two countries by Senegalese football hooligans on Saturday. The match, played in the Senegalese capital Dakar, ended 3-1 in favor of the hosts. Senegalese fans however unleashed an orgy of violence on the visiting Gambian players and supporters, beating them up, smashing car windows and pelting them with stones and other missiles. The attacks resulted in the hospitalization of some Gambians. The Independent, whose sports reporter Namory Trawally was himself a victim of the violence, could not confirm reports that some Gambians were killed in the attacks. Another journalist, Essa Jallow formerly of the GRTS but now with West Coast FM radio, also suffered from the attacks. Senegalese security personnel, who were accused of siding with their rowdy fans, reportedly beat up Gambian player Dawda Bah. Full Story

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