Senegal’s army chief in Gambia following talks in Mauritania

Senegal’s army chief in Gambia following talks in Mauritania

Senegal’s army chief, General Cheikh Gueye is in neighboring Gambia where he and the country’s defense chief, General Masanneh Kinteh held intelligence sharing talks.

Gueye was in Mauritania where he met with Army Chief General Mohamed Cheikh Mohamed Lemine over concerns that some of the 300 Gambian army deserters were hosted in their country.

At least 300 Gambian soldiers loyal to ex-President Yahya Jammeh are reportedly camping in Mauritania, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau plotting to attack and destabilize the country.

Four people have been arrested and several others from the Gambia’s army escaped into hiding for suspected mutiny and an attempt on the life of an unknown senior government official.

Gambia disbanded its State Guards unit, the section of the military tasked with protecting the president.

The unit was littered with Jammeh’s loyalists and have foiled at least a dozen coups to oust the former authoritarian leader.

President Barrow is now being guarded by members of the police paramilitary force and West African troops mainly from Senegal in the Gambia to help stabilize the country following months of political turmoil.

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