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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Security panel set to probe tragic boat accident

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By Omar Bah

ASP Lamin Njie, the police spokesperson said an investigative panel has been established to thoroughly look into the tragic boat accident off the Mauritanian coast last week.
He said the panel, which comprises the Police, Army, Navy, SIS and Immigration, will soon start sharing information about their findings. “I understand that the panel was supposed to have a meeting yesterday [Wednesday] after which they were supposed to visit Barra,” he told The Standard Thursday.

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“I cannot give you much information on that for now but I can inform you that a panel has been instituted to look into the circumstances of the case. They have even started work today [Thursday], so I will get back to you anytime they make a conclusion,” Njie added.
The boat that left Barra for Spain claimed the lives of at least 62 Gambians. Families of the victims in Barra have openly blamed the Police, Navy and Immigration for failing to intercept the boat.

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