3 soldiers killed in Senegal's restive south

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Posted: Jan 31, 2012 6:32 AM
3 soldiers killed in Senegal's restive south

A Senegalese officer says three soldiers have been killed by separatist rebels in the country's restive south.

Col. Cheikh Gueye says the attacks happened Sunday night. He says three soldiers were also wounded, confirming information another soldier gave on Monday. Gueye also said one rebel was killed.

The Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance has waged a low-level insurgency against Senegal's government since the early 1980s, though attacks have declined in recent years.

Casamance has been plagued by sporadic violence as the rebels have fought for independence and against each other.

The Casamance region is separated from the rest of Senegal by the nation of Gambia.