Heavy gunfire has erupted near the presidential palace in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, reports say.
According to certain military and diplomatic sources, soldiers from the presidential guard tried to stage a coup, AFP news agency reports.
The fighting was reported while President Yahya Jammeh is away on a visit to France.
Mr Jammeh seized power in a coup in 1994 before transforming himself into a civilian leader.
There has been no official comment on the shooting, but a military source told AFP that the attackers had been beaten back.
“They wanted to overthrow the regime,” the unnamed officer is quoted as saying.
In 2011, Mr Jammeh told the BBC he would rule The Gambia for “a billion years”.
The tiny West African state, with its sandy beaches, is a popular tourist destination.