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'Three' Gambian protesters killed by police

Gambian police officers stand guard outside the Supreme Court of Gambia after an opposition leader was freed on bail along with 18 others in Banjul on December 5, 2016

Three people have reportedly now died in The Gambia after police shot them while they were protesting against pollution.

Bakary Kujabi and Ismaila Bah died on Monday, while Amadou Nyang, 24, died in hospital on Wednesday, a local campaign group told news agency AFP.

They had been taking part in a protest at Faraba Banta, trying to bring attention to the sand mining industry which they say is polluting the rice fields.

The sand is sold to the mining industry.

Another six people and 16 police officers were injured when violence broke out.

One journalist told campaign group Human Rights Watch police reinforcements arrived and started shooting live bullets at protesters who had been blocking mining traffic - without issuing "a warning or alarm".

Protesters threw stones at the police, another witness said.

Sabrina Mahtani, West Africa researcher at Amnesty International, said the killings "conjured up painful memories from Gambia’s recent past".

President Adama Barrow has ordered a "full investigation".

Five police officers were also detained after the violence.

Jammeh sued over bogus Aids cure

Yahya Jammeh claimed in 2007 that he had a cure for HIV/Aids

Three victims of a fake Aids cure created by The Gambia's ex-President Yahya Jammeh have sued him for financial damages.

It is the first case filed against Mr Jammeh in The Gambia's courts since he fled into exile last year, ending his 22-year-rule in the tiny West African state.

Ousman Sowe, Lamin Ceesay and Fatou Jatta say they were among the first Gambians who were forced to give up anti-retroviral drugs, and drink home-made potions that made them vomit.

Ms Jatta was quoted by The Gambia's Freedom newspaper as saying:

My experience in the presidential treatment programme was a horror. I could have lost my life.”

Read more: The president who made people take his bogus HIV cure

UK beach lifeguards train volunteer lifesavers in The Gambia
The RNLI says it has trained hundreds of lifesavers from developing countries in Africa.

Rescue skills teaching in The Gambia a 'worthwhile trip'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A Cornish lifeguard who travelled to The Gambia to teach rescue skills has said it was a "worthwhile trip".

Matt Stone, from Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club, spent "six to seven hours a day" teaching people the fundamentals of life-saving.

The RNLI says drowning claims about 360,000 lives every year in developing countries.

Cornish lifeguard teaches rescue skills in The Gambia

BBC Radio Cornwall

lifesavers running on beach with lifeguard rescue boards
Matt Stone, RNLI

A senior beach lifeguard from Cornwall has been teaching rescue skills in The Gambia.

Matt Stone (pictured below with local lifesavers) is the founder and chairman of Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club.

He is among a group of RNLI lifeguards who have helped to set up the Red Dolphin Life Guard Association in The Gambia.

The RNLI says drowning claims an estimated 360,000 lives every year in developing countries, many of them children and young people.

Lifeguard training is also being delivered in Kenya, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Senegal.

people practicing lifesaving techniques on a beach
Matt Stone, RNLI
two lifesavers simulating rescue of one patient
Matt Stone, RNLI
Adama Barrow: Gambia politics 'fragile' but progressing
The system was "polluted" with bad laws but things are improving, says the country's president.