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Arrests following knife attack on Danish journalists unlikely to uncover evidence of terrorist organisation in Gabon

18 December 2017


Two Danish nationals were stabbed at a tourist market in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, on 16 December, in the first Islamist-inspired attack the country has experienced.

The man and woman worked for a Danish production company carrying out a project for the US-based National Geographic magazine and were visiting a market selling tourist souvenirs. One of the victims needed an emergency operation and remains in intensive care. They were attacked by a 53-year-old food seller originally from Niger who had lived in Gabon for 19 years. The man shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked and was arrested on the spot.

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