Gov’t says German authorities probing fatal shooting of Gambian immigrant

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By Amadou Manjang

The Gambia Government said the German authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a Gambian immigrant in Germany.

It was reported that Lamin Touray, a Gambian immigrant in Germany was shot death after threatening his girlfriend with a knife and resisting arrest from German police.  

Touray was shot several times, according to media reports

The 47-year-old, who was allegedly killed in the city of Nienburg, was shot after failing to comply with police order.

“During the longer police operation, the man did not comply with the officers’ requests and attacked them with a knife. Multiple gunshots were fired, which resulted in the 46-year-old fatally injured,” Nienburg police said in a statement on Facebook.

The fatal shooting has raised wide condemnation from Gambians, who called for investigation into the matter.

On their part, The Gambia Government states: ‘The Gambia Government has received, with deep concern, reports of the shooting of a Gambian National domiciled in Germany by German Police.

‘The government wishes to inform the general public that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and will provide full details in due course.

In a press release, the Gambia government said the German authorities informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that a full-fledged investigation has been established, and being handled by a neutral police unit to establish the circumstances regarding the use of force in this case.

‘The Government wishes to assure the public that the life, safety and welfare of every Gambian matters,’ the statement adds.