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'Rebel group' in Senegal attacks
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade (L) meets Casamance separatist leader Father Diamacoune Senghor
The splinter group rejects last year's peace deal
A rebel splinter group has admitted responsibility for a recent spate of attacks in Senegal's troubled southern region, Casamance.

The group is a breakaway faction of the MFDC, which signed a peace deal with the government late last year.

The rebels are described as a hardline faction that is opposed to the peace agreement.

The army says renewed hostilities would mean a major troop redeployment in the region.

A BBC correspondent in Casamance says people in the region have been terrified by the attacks, which are also threatening investment in the region's valuable cashew nut production.

Casamance is struggling to rebuild itself following a violent separatist rebellion that lasted more than 20 years and killed an estimated 3,500 people.

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