A Nigerian national angry over US attacks on Muslims stabbed two Danes in a market in the Central African nation of Gabon on Saturday.
The two nationals working for the National Geographic channel were spending the weekend in a market in Libreville popular for tourists when a 53-year-old Nigerian national shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is Greatest’) and attacked the two with a knife. The man was immediately arrested. Police on Sunday arrested dozens of people, mostly traders and sellers from west Africa.
Defence Minister Etienne Massard said the attack seemed to be politically motivated.
The man, who has been living in Gabon for the past 19 years, said he was upset over US attacks against Muslims and President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The two Danes are being treated for injuries in a hospital in Libreville. The condition of one of them is said to be serious.
The Danish foreign ministry confirmed the incident.
Gabon government is treating the attack as “an isolated act”. The French-speaking former colony is free from terror attacks taken place in some neighbouring countries.
It has launched an investigation into the incident.
Massard assured people that Gabon will not be allowed to become a theatre for attacks