A man is reported to have carried out a rare stabbing attack in Gabon, which he said was in retaliation for the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


Libreville Photo credit: Manuel Dohmen

Police in Gabon arrested dozens of people on Sunday after a man committed a stabbing attack in the capital of Libreville.

The suspected assailant, a 53-year-old man from Nigeria, said he had committed the attack in retaliation for “US attacks against Muslims and America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” according to Defense Minister Etienne Massard.

The other detainees were mostly traders and sellers who were present at the scene during the attack.

A government spokesperson said two Danish nationals working for the National Geographic channel were injured.