Gambian president arrives in Banjul

BANJUL. — Gambian President Yahya Jammeh early yesterday arrived in the capital Banjul after presidential guards foiled an attempted coup on Tuesday.

At least five military officers were killed and several others arrested.

President Jammeh landed at the Banjul International Airport at 1am local time after a two-hour refuelling stop in Chad.

The 49-year-old president was escorted to State House by heavily armed soldiers and was expected to make a televised statement to the nation yesterday.

Jammeh was in Dubai at the time of the attempted military coup led by former State House Commander, Lt Colonel Lamin Sanneh, who was in exile for a year in neighbouring Senegal, leading Gambia on Tuesday to close its borders.

Security units including police and military forces have been strengthening check points alongside the borders and vehicles have been banned from entering Senegal, according to a security official.

“The borders have been closed for entry.

“Although a press release said that the borders will re-open in an hour, it is not yet confirmed when the order for the re-opening will be passed,” said the official. — Xinhua.