Last week, rebels attacked a service station near a military camp 30-kilometers north of the regional capital Ziguinchor. Earlier this week, rebels killed two civilians in an attack 80 km northwest of Ziguinchor, VOA reports.
Pape Cheikh Diédhiou, a man who was hurt in the attack, said he was passing the service station when men in plainclothes told him to stop.
He said he was on a motorbike and when he passed the men, they shot at him. He was shot in the shoulder. He said the men were speaking both Wolof and Dioula, regional Senegalese languages.
The rebels are part of a group known as the Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces. The rebels originally formed in 1982 as a separatist movement of ethnic Dioula fighting for greater autonomy from the government in Dakar.
Earlier this month, rebels ambushed a group of Senegalese military near the country’s southern border, killing six Senegalese soldiers. It was one of the deadliest attacks against Senegalese troops in recent years and came a day after gunmen killed one person and wounded three others in an attack on a taxi in the region.
Last month, Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade promised to continue with peace efforts in the region. But he added he thought peace had been achieved with the 2004 accords. The rebellion is one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts.