(JollofNews) – The Senegalese government has condemned last month’s foiled coup against the regime of President Yahya Jammeh.
Diaspora based Gambian dissidents armed with night-vision goggles, body armour and semi-automatic rifles bought at shops in the US, hidden beneath clothes and shipped in barrels to the Gambia, on 30th December attacked the presidential palace in Banjul while Mr Jammeh was away on a private visit to Dubai. Four dissidents were killed in the shot-out with loyalists of the Jammeh regime.
The dissidents had flown from the US, UK and Germany to Senegal before traveling by land to Banjul where they stayed for weeks before the attack.
But in a communiqué to President Jammeh, the Government of Senegal said it strongly condemns the attack, which it said was undertaken “by a group of insurgents”.
While reassuring the Jammeh regime of its support, Senegal said it will continue to be guided by the principles and values of its foreign policy which opposes any change of government through unconstitutional and violence means.