The head of the Polisario gendarmerie corps, Dah El Bendir, was killed on Wednesday 7 April 2021, during an operation east of the security wall. His death was confirmed by Bahi Larbi Ennass, a former senior officer in the ranks of the Polisario Front army and president of the Peace Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, based in Laayoune.
During an operation east of the security wall, the head of the Polisario gendarmerie corps, Dah El Bendir, was killed on Wednesday 7 April 2021. According to the first testimony: « the soldier was killed during the preparation of a sabotage operation carried out in the early hours of Wednesday, in the Touizgui area, east of the security wall. He added that « another armed element of the Front was injured in the same circumstances.
For his part, Bahi Larbi Ennass, a former senior officer in the ranks of the Polisario Front army and president of the Peace Centre for Political and Strategic Studies based in Laayoune, said he had just learned the news. « Dah El Bendir is an old acquaintance and one of the few military cadres of the Polisario Front with an academic background, » he said, before recalling that he met Dah El Bendir at the military academy of Cherchell in Tipaza, Algeria.
« He specialised in military engineering. Because of his skills, he is the best qualified to carry out infiltration missions east of the security wall, to avoid mines and other obstacles erected by the Royal Armed Forces, » said Bahi Larbi Ennass.
This work is usually followed by the launch of an attack operation against specific positions held by the Royal Armed Forces. Undoubtedly, Brahim Ghali’s movement intended to carry out a strike before the Security Council meeting of 21 April, devoted to the examination of the Western Sahara issue. However, the Polisario has not yet officially communicated the death of the head of its gendarmerie.
After the Royal Armed Forces operation of 13 November in El Guerguerate, the Polisario withdrew from the ceasefire agreement of September 1991. On the occasion of the opening of the Senegalese Consulate General in Dakhla on Monday 5 April, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita reiterated his country’s determination to defend the integrity of its territory in the face of the Polisario armed movements.