In a survey on detention, trafficking and crimes committed with the use of small arms, Sud Quotidien gives figures that are chilling. When we still epilogue on the robbery followed by a shooting in Saint-Louis during which one of the assailants was killed by the gendarmes, the newspaper reports “77% of violence committed with the use of firearms against 23 % using knives ”.
Even more frightening, informs Sud Quotidien, in Senegal “every 9 days a violent crime is committed with the use of light weapons”. Statistics that are likely to worsen if we know that in West Africa “11 million firearms are in the hands of civilians”. But especially with the existence, in Senegal, of a black market (Médina Gounass, Touba and Diaobé) that the authorities are still unable to dismantle.