Gambian president returns home after failed coup

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, seen here in November 2011, was visiting Dubai when disaffected soldiers staged a coupGambia’s iron-fisted ruler Yahya Jammeh returned home overnight after a failed coup while he was outside the country, a military source said Wednesday, as fears mounted of possible reprisals by his regime. A group of heavily armed men led by an army deserter attacked the presidential palace in the capital Banjul before dawn on Tuesday, but were repelled by forces loyal to Jammeh, who has ruled for 20 years.

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