Sierra Leone information minister says weekend attack was a failed coup

Sierra Leone's Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh visits the central Pademba Road prison after unidentified gunmen attacked a military barracks and the prison, following which inmates escaped, in Freetown, Sierra Leone November 27, 2023. REUTERS/Umaru Fofana/File Photo
Sierra Leone’s Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh

According to statements made by the Minister of Information of Sierra Leone, Chernor Bah, on Tuesday, the attacks that took place on Sunday in multiple areas inside the capital city of Freetown were an unsuccessful effort to topple the government.

During a news conference, he stated that thirteen military officers and one citizen had been taken into custody due to the event.

According to the authorities in the West African nation, gunmen attacked a military barracks, a jail, and other facilities on Sunday. The attacks resulted in the release of around 2,200 prisoners and the deaths of more than 20 individuals. Monday brought about a return to tranquility.

The episode was an attempt at a coup that was unsuccessful. According to Bah, the goal was to illegally subvert and topple a government that had been democratically elected.

It was unsuccessful, and the authorities are now holding many leaders or are on the run. We will make every effort to apprehend them and hold them accountable to the full extent of the laws governing Sierra Leone.

Since Bio was re-elected in June, tensions have been high in Sierra Leone, which is still in the process of recovering from a civil conflict that lasted from 1991 to 2002 and resulted in the deaths of more than 50,000 people. Several foreign partners, notably the United States of America and the European Union, have expressed their disagreement with the outcome, which the primary candidate of the opposition rejected.

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