BANJUL, THE GAMBIA, 20 JUNE 2018 – A student has died, bringing to three the total number of people known to have died from police gunfire during an environmental protest in Western Gambia.

The third victims is a 24-year-old student, Amadou Nyang, who died Wednesday at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital from his injuries.

Local people had come out on Monday to protest the mining of sand at Faraba Banta Village located about 50km south of the capital, Banjul, when riot police opened fire on peaceful protesters.

The demonstrators claimed that the sand extraction for the construction industry was badly polluting rice farms.

Two young men were killed during the protest on Monday. Six other protesters were injured along with 16 police officers.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow – who last year succeeded the autocrat Yahya Jammeh – ordered a “full investigation” into the incident and has promised to hold accountable those responsible for abuse.

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