Four officers suspected to be among of the heavily armed group who attacked the presidential palace in the Gambian capital Bangul before dawn on Tuesday, have taken refuge in Guinea-Bissau. according to a military source in the west African country.
The four suspects arrived Bissau Wednesday and turned themselves in to the authorities. The group who attacked the presidential palace were repelled by forces loyal to Jammeh, who has ruled Gambia for 20 years. The president who was on private visit in Dubai, returned overnight following the reports of the attempted coup.
According to the a military officer, three suspects including the alleged ringleader identified as Lamin Sanneh were killed in the failed attempt.
According to a diplomatic source in Banjul, Jammeh appears to be preparing a purge of opponents, with “accusations flying”.
“The names of military and civilian individuals are starting to be put on the table” at the feared National Intelligence Agency,” the source said. “I’m afraid that innocent people are going to be caught up through denunciations.”