Two U.S. Citizens Arrested for Plotting to Overthrow Gambia

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USA Today is reporting that two U.S. citizens have been arrested for plotting to overthrow the government of Gambia (The Gambia). The author writes:

“According to the US Department of Justice, Cherno Njie of Texas and Papa Faal of Minnesota participated together in ‘an unsuccessful attempted coup against the government of The Gambia’ late last year.

Prosecutors allege that Njie, 57, plotted with Faal, 46, to overthrow the West African nation’s leadership, and traveled to The Gambia last month in hopes of accomplishing as much with the aid of an arsenal of weapons and an armed group of around 12 individuals. Their efforts were foiled, however, and they returned to the US and were later arrested.”

Authorities describe Njie as a Texas businessman and Faal, a dual US/Gambian citizen who appears to have served in the U.S. armed forces (Army and Air Force). Both men have been charged with one count each of conspiracy to violate the Neutrality Act and conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Read more at USA Today.

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