US had 'absolutely no role' in Gambia attempted coup - US official

US had 'absolutely no role' in Gambia attempted coup - US official
President Yahya Jammeh had accused some foreign powers of supporting dissidents in the coup attempt.

WASHINGTON - The United States had no role in an attempted coup in Gambia, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday, after local media and several analysts said some of the assailants were US residents or dual nationals.

"The US government had absolutely no role in the events that took place in Banjul," the official told Reuters, adding that the US Embassy in the capital of Banjul remained open. "Banjul is currently calm and we have no reports of violence," the official added.

The State Department on Tuesday strongly condemned the attempted coup and called on parties to refrain from further violence.

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