DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s government said it had foiled an attempted coup just hours before anti-government protests were set to begin Saturday and that 15 people who had planned attacks in the capital had been arrested.
Justice Minister Cheikh Tidiane Sy announced on state television late Friday that the suspects wanted to target various sites around the capital, including downtown’s bustling Sandaga Market.
“The state prosecutor decided to nip the coup plot in the bud by arresting those individuals identified as members of the plot,” he said.
The streets of Dakar were quiet Saturday as many residents, fearing instability, stayed close to home. Police and security forces are posted throughout the capital. Senegalese pop star, Youssou Ndour, canceled a concert planned for Saturday night in the city’s outskirts.