Armed Gambian soldier arrested in mosque as president prayed

2017-02-12 22:27
President Adama Barrow (File: AFP)

President Adama Barrow (File: AFP)

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Banjul - A Gambian soldier and former member of ex-President Yahya Jammeh's guard has been arrested for bringing a loaded gun into a mosque where President Adama Barrow was praying, the west African force in the country said on Sunday.

The incident happened during Friday prayers at the King Fahd mosque in Banjul, the military force sent by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) said in a statement.

During a routine search by Senegalese police at the mosque "a 9mm calibre 'Helwan' automatic pistol was discovered" with a loaded magazine, the statement said.

The arrested man, Sergeant Baboucarr Njie, admitted he was a former member of the presidential guard of ex-leader Jammeh, the regional force added.

He has since been handed over to the Gambian authorities, who will probe the incident.

Barrow defeated longstanding hardline ruler Jammeh at the polls in December.

He then took refuge in neighbouring Senegal on January 15, fearing for his safety after Jammeh reversed his acceptance of the election result and sought for weeks to cling to power.

The new leader was welcomed home by jubilant crowds in late January after Jammeh left the country under pressure from the 15-nation regional bloc.

Read more on:    ecowas  |  adama barrow  |  yahya jammeh  |  gambia  |  west africa
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