At least two youths have been shot dead in Faraba Banta village this morning during a violent standoff with officers of the Gambia’s Police Intervention Unit.

The villagers were protesting against mining of sand in the village by a company belonging to a renowned businessman, Julakay.

Reports said several civilians have also been injured when armed officers fired live ammunition on the villagers.

The slain youths have been named locally as Bakary Kujabi, alias Seffo, and Ebrima Bah.

Their bodies are currently at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.

The Inspector General of Police and the Ministry of the Interior are yet to comment publicly about the incident.

We will keep you updated as events unfold in the Kombo East village.