The Polisario Front Gendarmerie Chief Killed in Western Sahara
The head of the Polisario Front gendarmerie died in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the Defense Ministry of the Sahrahui Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) reported on Wednesday, in a statement released by the official press agency that later withdrew him from his Web page.
“The commander of the national gendarmerie, the martyr Addah Al-Bendir fell on Tuesday in the field of honor, where he was on a military mission in the liberated area of Rouss Irni, in Tifariti”, a town located in the north of the territory that is under control of the Polisario, according to the statement that did not give details about the circumstances of his death.
Born in the Tires region in 1956, Addah Al-Bendir joined the Polisario Front in 1978.
A Saharawi official confirmed the death of the head of the gendarmerie. But the SPS agency shortly afterwards removed the statement from the Defense Ministry from its page without giving any explanation.
The circumstances of this death are unclear, as some unconfirmed information attributed it to a drone attack in the Touizgui region, in southern Morocco.
At the moment it was not possible to obtain information from an official source in Rabat.
For its part, the Far-Maroc forum, an unofficial Facebook account of the Moroccan armed forces, assures that “several foremost elements” of the Polisario, including the head of the gendarmerie, “have died” in an operation of the Moroccan army after “suspicious movements of Polisario leaders inside the security zones”.
The head of the independence movement Brahim Ghali “survived” the Moroccan operation, adds the generally well-informed forum, without giving further details.
Three generalist Moroccan media also reported the death on Wednesday morning, according to their sources.