January 19, 2017 / 6:45 PM / 2 years ago

Senegalese troops enter Gambia in support of its new president

DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegalese troops entered neighboring Gambia on Thursday, an army spokesman said, as part of regional effort to support its new President Adama Barrow in a showdown with longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down.

“We have entered Gambia,” Colonel Abdou Ndiaye wrote in a text message to Reuters.

Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Mark Trevelyan

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