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Sierra Leone Military Barracks Attack Claims Twenty Lives, Confirms Army | Conflict Update


Sierra Leone Military Barracks Attack Claims Twenty Lives, Confirms Army

Sierra Leone Military Barracks Attack Claims Twenty Lives, Confirms Army

Over the weekend, a series of attacks on military barracks and prisons in Sierra Leone resulted in the tragic death of at least 20 individuals, including 13 soldiers, with numerous others wounded, according to the army. The assaults, attributed to “renegade soldiers,” targeted locations across the capital, Freetown, but were successfully repelled, as stated by Colonel Issa Bangura, an army spokesperson, during a press briefing on Monday. A manhunt has been initiated to apprehend those involved, including both current and retired soldiers.

Among the casualties were 13 soldiers, three assailants, a police officer, a civilian, and a private security worker, with eight people sustaining injuries, and three individuals arrested. The Pademba Road central prison witnessed an escape of approximately 1,890 inmates after an attack, as reported by Reuters. Colonel Shek Sulaiman Massaquoi, the acting director general of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, disclosed that attackers forcibly entered the prison, having rammed through the front gate with a vehicle following an unsuccessful attempt with a rocket launcher.

President Julius Maada Bio assured the public on Sunday that most of the leaders responsible for the attacks had been apprehended, with ongoing efforts to capture the remaining individuals. The Information Minister, Chernor Bah, emphasized that the government and security forces were in control, seeking to reassure the residents. Despite limited information on the attackers’ identities and motives, some individuals involved in the assault expressed to local media that they were fighting to “clean up the system.” Colonel Bangura emphasized the need to swiftly restore law and order in the wake of the disturbing events.


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