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Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters

President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia, an impoverished state that runs along the Gambia River, for 20 years and has been widely accused of human rights violationsGambian security forces went door-to-door in the capital Banjul on Friday in search of participants in a failed coup against the west African country’s strongman President Yahya Jammeh, residents said. The attack, which was repelled by the security forces, took place while Jammeh was on a private visit to Dubai, diplomatic and military sources said. “Gambian soldiers carrying guns are conducting a house-to-house,” a woman living in Banjul told AFP, asking not to be identified. A fisherman, who also requested anonymity because of the climate of fear in the city, said he had been warned by relatives not to head back with his catch to the usual dock outside Banjul because “members of the armed forces and the paramilitary are lying in ambush in the creeks at Denton bridge and Old Jeshwang”.

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