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Gambia: Military coup foiled, four soldiers arrested

In this file photo taken on May 2, 2022, a young worshipper arrives ahead of Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, at the King Fahad Mosque in Banjul. (MUHAMADOU BITTAYE / AFP)

BANJUL – Gambian authorities have foiled a military coup attempt and arrested four soldiers plotting to overthrow President Adama Barrow's administration, the government said on Wednesday.

The Gambian Armed Forces High Command arrested four soldiers linked to the alleged plot coup after a military operation on Tuesday, the government said.

"Based on intelligence reports… some soldiers of the Gambian army were plotting to overthrow the democratically elected government," it said in a statement.

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The army is in pursuit of three more alleged accomplices, it added.