AFP news sources citing the Gambian army are saying “they have foiled a coup attempt in Banjul.” However, Kairo News gathered that some Gambian soldiers intend to carry the coup attempt after the earlier attempt had failed.
The situation in the capital is still uncertain and no clear news is coming out. What is evident is the paranoia that always grips the Gambian dictator. He concealed and kept away all the heavy military weapons in State House and his birthplace of Kanilai. In his absence, an order was issued to release heavy arms, which may now cultivate enthusiasm among disgruntled soldiers to carry on with the mutiny.
As this story is considered a developing one, Kairo News and Radio will keep its readers audience posted whenever the need arises.
Below is the AFP News story:
Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) – Gambian soldiers launched a foiled coup bid in the capital Banjul overnight while President Yahya Jammeh was abroad, military and diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
“The presidential palace was attacked very early this morning, at around 3:00 am (0300 GMT), by armed individuals of whom some came from the presidential guard,” a Gambian diplomat said.
Army sources and residents of the city confirmed the report and said the attackers had been driven back. Soldiers had prevented some civilians from going to work in the morning, an AFP journalist said.
“They wanted to overthrow the regime,” a military source in the small west African country told AFP, while a Western diplomat said a coup attempt has “apparently been foiled” by loyal troops.
Jammeh has ruled over the largely rural country of some 1.8 million people since 1994, when he seized power in a military coup himself, to be elected into office two years later.
Gambian officials said the president was on a private visit to Dubai, but foreign diplomats said Jammeh was in France.