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TRRC: Ex-Soldier Kanyi Confesses to Killing Fellow Soldiers

A former army corporal, Alagie Kanyi has confessed at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission that he took part in the killings of Sergeants Fafa Nyang and Basiru Camara in the aftermath of the 11th November 1994 alleged failed coup.

Kanyi, a native of Jarra in the Lower River Region, was accused by multiple TRRC witnesses of taking part in the extrajudicial killings of soldiers perceived to have taken part in the alleged failed coup.

In his testimony Thursday, Kanyi confessed that he was instructed by the Lt. Edward Singhateh, a member of the then ruling Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council to open fire at Sergeants Nyang and Camara.

Alagie Kanyi testifying before the TRRC

He told the commission that he carried out the executions of the two soldiers by firing live ammunition at them together with Singhateh.

“I fired live rounds at them. At the same time Edward was also firing at them, and they died.”

“I was instructed to shoot and kill them, to shoot my own brother (referring to Camara) and I had no choice,” he said.

Kanyi also told the commission that he buried the two soldiers and other dead soldiers including Lt. Basiru Barrow and Lt. Dot Faal.

This story will be updated.

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