Gambian Government Thwarts Coup Attempt

The government of The Gambia claimed to have foiled a coup attempt and taken four soldiers into custody on Wednesday.

However, the capital, Banjul, was calm, and there was no immediate confirmation of the alleged plot from other sources.

“Based on intelligence reports that some soldiers of the Gambian army were plotting to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Adama Barrow, the (armed forces) in a swift military operation… yesterday arrested four soldiers linked to this alleged coup plot,” the government said in a statement.

“The apprehended soldiers are currently helping the military police with their investigations. Meanwhile, the army is in pursuit of three more alleged accomplices.”

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Gambian police said in a separate statement that they had questioned Momodou Sabally, a former minister of presidential affairs under ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, after the release of a video suggesting the president would be overthrown before the next local elections.

On Tuesday evening, scattered witness accounts reported soldier movements around the presidential headquarters in the city center, and rumors of a possible coup circulated throughout the night.

But people interviewed said they had seen no disturbance.


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