The Gambian government says foiled coup attempt

The Gambian government on Wednesday said it had foiled a coup attempt against President Adama Barrow and arrested four soldiers.

In a statement by government spokesperson Ebrima Sankareh, the Gambia Armed Forces conducted a swift military operation and arrested the suspects based on intelligence reports.

“The apprehended soldiers are currently helping the Military Police with their investigations,” the statement said.

Three more suspects are still on the run.

President Adama Barrow completed the first year of his second term in office earlier this month, having been re-elected in December 2021 with 53 percent of the vote.

Barrow defeated long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh in 2016, a result which caused a stir in the country’s politics and forced Jammeh to flee into exile.

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