EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) explosive specialists are heading to the Palodi Range in North Bank Region to demolish its ‘unserviceable stockpile of ammunition.’
The disposal of the weaponry including mine bombs, is coordinated by the army’s mines advisory group.
According to the Gambia Armed Forces, the exercise is in line with the Convention on the Prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction, informally known as the Ottawa Treaty, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, which Gambia is a signatory to.
It is further compelled to dispose the explosive for “keeping these kinds [of weapons] which could cause unplanned and unexpected explosions that could be devastating.”
This is the second time in two years for the military to announce destruction of ammunition from its arms inventory. In 2017, the army and the ECOWAS Military Intervention in the Gambia –ECOMIG- destroyed anti-personnel mines, and what they called, expired munitions.
The exercise showed the destruction of grenades, mortar shells, RPG 7 shells, and LPG 14mm shells.
Meanwhile, GAF assures the public especially residents of Farafenni, Sabach Sanjal, and other satellite villages close to the range of safety, but cautioned them to stay away from the area.