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Newspaper journalist attacked in Serrekunda

(MFWA/IFEX) - Justice Momodou Darboe, a journalist with "The Point", an independent, privately-owned, Banjul-based daily newspaper, was violently attacked and seriously injured by an armed man on 1 July 2008.

MFWA sources report that the knife-wielding assailant ambushed the journalist and attacked him after he got out of a taxi near his house in Serrekunda, The Gambia's second largest city.

"The Point" reported Darboe as having said, "I left Kairaba shopping centre around 11:00 p.m. to go home. When I reached the junction of Wellingara, I disembarked from the vehicle I was in and walked in the direction of my compound. Before I reached the safety of my home, a man came from behind and attacked me with a knife."

The journalist said that although it is difficult to establish the motive for the attack, his assailant made no attempt to rob him of any belongings. Sources report that Darboe's attacker ran away when he saw people coming to the scene of the incident.

Darboe later received treatment at a hospital and the attack was reported to the police.

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