Abdou Elinkine Diatta, a leader of a civilian wing of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) was killed Sunday, October 27 in a shooting in Mlomp, in the department of Bignona.
A figure of the Mouvement des forces democratiques de la Casamance (MFDC), a rebel group from southern Senegal, Abdou Elinkine Diatta, was killed on Sunday while attending a traditional ceremony, AFP reported. spokesman of the Senegalese army, Colonel Abdoul Ndiaye.
He « attended a ceremony of enthronement of a traditional king in Mlomp (about 40 kilometers from Ziguinchor, main city of Casamance) when armed men – probably two – arrived on board a motorcycle. They shot and he died, « he said, pointing out that the identity of the attackers was » unknown « .
Abdou Elinkine Diatta was engaged in rebellion in the 1980s when he was still high school student. After a few years, he joined a movement qualified moderate after the first cease-fire, in 1991. Abdou Elinkine Diatta had been spokesman and then liaison of the Augustin Augustin Diamacoune Senghor, the charismatic leader of the movement until his death in 2007.
A 35-year conflict
As such, says the researcher Jean-Claude Marut, author of The Casamance conflict. What the weapons say, Abdou Elinkine Diatta had played a role in bringing the MFDC closer to the Senegalese government. « As a spokesman for Father Diamacoune, Elinkine Diatta was one of the architects of the 2004 peace agreement. But very soon, he was excluded from the movement by Father Diamacoune himself, since 2005, for fractional activity. Indeed, Abdou Elinkine Diatta organized what he himself called « a restructuring » of the movement. We could speak rather of structuring as the movement was not structured. So, he organized the movement around him, some of the civil activists were organized under his direction. He became the leader of a civilian faction. (…) He wanted a reunification of the movement to elect a new leadership, and therefore a new Secretary General.
With no known operational or military role, Abdou Elinkine Diatta was a familiar face of the MFDC, of which he had been the spokesperson. He had been more discreet in recent years.
The MFDC, divided into several rival factions, has since 1982 been fighting a separatist rebellion in Casamance, an isolated region of northern Senegal by The Gambia.
In 35 years, the conflict has left thousands of civilian and military victims, ravaged the economy of this agricultural and tourist region, and pushed many residents to flee.