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Eight fishermen die, 15 missing in rough seas in Senegal

Eight fishermen died and 15 others went missing after their canoes capsized in rough seas off the coast of Senegal, hospital sources and owners of the boats said Sunday. "The morgue has received eight dead bodies," said Babacar Thiandoum, director of the Saint-Louis hospital in northern Senegal, where the incident took place. "A total of 15 other fishermen who went out to sea didn't came back," Alassane Fall, owner of one of the canoes, told AFP -- a figure confirmed by the other boat owners. Another eight people survived and are in hospital.

INTERVIEW-Senegal worried about risk of militants entering from Mali -president

By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 8 (Reuters) - Senegal is stepping up monitoring of its borders and mounting a public education campaign in an effort to ensure that Islamist militants from neighboring Mali do not disrupt life in the West African nation, Senegalese President Macky Sall said on Friday. Senegal, one of Africa's most peaceful countries, is keen to remain insulated from violence in northern Mali, where a French military offensive has reclaimed most of the territory seized by militants nearly a year ago.
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