Gambian coup attempt foiled say officials

(Reuters) – Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh said he was returning home from Chad late on Tuesday, after gunfire erupted around the presidential palace in the Gambian capital of Banjul last night. The government denied reports of an attempted coup, but a diplomat said unknown gunmen had attacked Gambia’s State House. Although shooting had died down, a senior West African diplomat told Reuters gunmen controlled parts of the capital on Tuesday afternoon. Jammeh was abroad, either in France or Dubai, when the violence broke out. Callers on opposition online radio stations…

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