Another body was found later, while nine people were treated in
hospital for injuries.
chief of army staff General Cheikh Gueye told the BBC that, no matter how
long it takes, the priority was to rid the area of criminals and allow people to
live and work freely.
He added that Guinea-Bissau was helping in the search.
“As part of the cooperation between Senegal and Guinea-Bissau on defence
and security, our zone commanders are frequently in contact along the border," he said. "Our collaboration is also effective for this particular operation.”
The attack was the most gruesome for several years. It raised fears of a
revival of the separatist rebellion in Casamance.
But the separatist movement MFDC has denied any responsibility, and condemned
the massacre. It linked the attack to the widespread illegal logging
business in Casamance, and accused the authorities of
complicity with traffickers.
Casamance is sandwiched between The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. People
there often complain that their region is neglected by the Senegalese
government in far-off Dakar. Separatists in Casamance have demanded independence for over 30