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Gambian security agency releases on bail local journalist for AP, but continues investigation

A Gambian journalist who contributes to The Associated Press was released on bail Thursday after being detained by Gambia's internal security service for nearly three days.

Journalist Abdoulie John said he was released from the headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency in the West African country's capital, Banjul.

But John said the intelligence agency is continuing to investigate him and has kept his laptop computer. He said he must report back to the security agency on Monday.

John had been held at the intelligence offices since Monday afternoon. Security officials took John to his home on Monday and searched it.

John, the editor of the website JollofNews as well as a contributor to AP, was previously held overnight by Gambian security officials on Dec. 9.