Gambia president blames foreign 'dissidents' in failed coup

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, seen here in November 2011, was visiting Dubai when disaffected soldiers staged a coupGambia’s strongman leader Yahya Jammeh has blamed unidentified foreign dissidents and “terrorists” for an assault on his presidential palace and said that the army remains loyal. “It is an attack by dissidents based in the US, Germany and UK,” Jammeh said in a televised address overnight Wednesday. The attack, mounted by a group of heavily armed men led by an army deserter, was repelled by forces loyal to Jammeh, who has ruled Gambia with an iron hand for 20 years.

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