The Gambia Exhumes Remains of Seven Soldiers from 1994 Coup

4/23/2019

According to a statement by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), after nearly two weeks of searching at a barracks about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Banjul, investigators exhumed the skulls of seven military personnel executed 25 years ago.

About two dozen military men were executed in November 1994 following an attempted coup against Yahya Jammeh. It came just a few months after Jammeh had seized power, overthrowing the democratically-elected government. Jammeh himself was forced out of office after losing elections to Adama Barrow in December 2016.

“We will continue digging until we see the other skulls," forensic archaeologist and crime scene investigator Thomas Gomez was quoted by the TRRC as saying after the exhumation, which was attended by relatives of the soldiers.

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