In Senegal, a soldier in the regular army has been missing since Thursday, local media reports. However, searches are continuing this Friday.
According to these media outlets Leral site, the agent of the police force in Elinkine village in the region of Casamance (south) had traveled Thursday to the mouth of the river Casamance to take a bath. Unfortunately, the soldier never returned from his bath. And so far, it is missing, despite research done yesterday « for several hours ».
Pending confirmation by the Senegalese army, this disappearance (if it is confirmed) comes one month after the death in the same locality of Abdou Elinkine Diatta, Secretary General of the Secretary General of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC).
While attending a ceremony to enthrone a traditional king, Abdou Elinkine Diatta fell on 27 October under the bullets of men that observers suspected belong to one of many rival factions some of which are opposed to the vision « Pacifist » of the leader.
In the aftermath of this assassination, analysts had feared a brake on the peace process in Casamance. « I do not know if the death of Abdou Elinkine Diatta will slow down the peace process or not, » asked the journalist Abdoulaye Sambou quoted by BBC.
Since the early 1980s, the MFDC (political party to its creation in 1947) is in conflict with Dakar to obtain the independence of Casamance.
But following the death in 2007 of his charismatic leader Father Augustin Diamacoune Senghor, the independence movement is facing serious internal struggles for leadership.
Because of these divisions, sporadic incidents with the army and especially clashes related to smuggling or banditry are often recorded, even undermining the peace agreements through which Casamance has enjoyed a lull since 2004.