The US government has charged two of its citizens with attempting to overthrow the Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh according to the Justice department.
The two defendants are US citizen Cherno Njie, 57, and US-Gambian dual national Papa Faal, 46, the Justice department said.
They have been accused of conspiring against a friendly nation and conspiring to possess firearms.
Gambian authorities said they had thwarted a coup attempt on 30 December accused dissidents based in the US, UK and Germany of being behind the attack.
Between 10 and 12 people had entered The Gambia to overthrow Mr Jammeh, “with the expectation that others in the country would join and assist them”, the US justice department said in a statement.
“These defendants stand accused of conspiring to carry out the violent overthrow of a foreign government, in violation of US law,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
“The United States is committed to holding them fully responsible for their actions.”