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US charges two over failed Gambia coup

Monday January 5 2015

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. He survived an attempted coup on December 30 and is now cracking down on his perceived opponents. FILE PHOTO | AFP 

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WASHINGTON

US prosecutors on Monday charged two men with conspiring to overthrow the government of Gambia, in the latest fall-out from last week's failed coup attempt in the small West-African nation.

US-Gambian dual national Papa Faal and US resident Cherno Njie were arrested in the United States after they returned from Gambia, where they had travelled to help launch a December 30 coup attempt against President Yahya Jammeh's government, the US Justice Department said in a statement.