“The United States reiterates our strong condemnation of any attempt to seize power through extra-constitutional means,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The State Department also called on the Government of The Gambia “to respect human rights and the rule of law in its investigation of the attempted coup.”
According to DoJ, Njie led 12 other conspirators in an attack on Gambia’s government. Local media outlets reported that four people were killed after gunfire erupted at the presidential palace in the capital city of Banjul.
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh seized power of the country in a 1994 military coup and became president in 1996. He has since remained in power through elections that have been criticized by observers as being manipulated.