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Gambian gov’t foils coup attempt

President of The Gambia Adama Barrow addresses the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 22, 2022. Photo: Reuters

A coup attempt has been foiled by the Gambian authorities, while four soldiers plotting to overthrow President Adama Barrow’s administration have been arrested.

The government confirmed on Wednesday in a statement.

“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.

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

Different witness accounts reported soldier movements around the presidential headquarters in the centre of the city on Tuesday evening, and rumours circulated during the night of a possible coup.

Writing by Muzha Kucha