Gambian soldiers launch unsuccessful coup against President Yahya Jammeh

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh greets supporters during a rally in Gambia on November 22, 2011. A military coup bid in the small west African state of The Gambia was foiled early on December 30, 2014, while President Yahya Jammeh was abroad, military and diplomatic sources said. AFP PHOTO | SEYLLOU

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  • Army sources and residents of the city confirmed the report and said the attackers had been driven back.
  • Soldiers had prevented some civilians from going to work in the morning, an AFP journalist said.
  • Jammeh has ruled over the largely rural country of some 1.8 million people since 1994, when he seized power in a military coup himself.
  • Gambian officials said the president was on a private visit to Dubai, but foreign diplomats said Jammeh was in France.

BANJUL, Gambia,

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