#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Jan.02: Washington has denied accusations by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh that it was involved in Tuesday’s attack on the presidential palace.
Jammeh blamed foreign dissidents based in US, Germany and UK for what he called an attempted coup. “The US government had no role in the events that took place in Banjul,” a US State Department official said.
Earlier the US embassy in Banjul described the violence as a coup against Jammeh, but the African nation’s leader said it was a foreign-sponsored terrorist attack.
Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) – Dozens of military personnel and civilians were arrested and a large cache of weapons and explosives found after an alleged coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday.
The suspects have been interrogated and were being held in “four villas” in or near the tiny west African nation’s capital Banjul, said a source close to Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
A group of heavily armed men led by an army deserter attacked the presidential palace before dawn, but were repelled by forces loyal to Gambia’s leader of 20-years, Yahya Jammeh.