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Sierra Leone Government Reveals Sunday Attacks as Failed Coup Attempt by Former President's Bodyguards

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Nitish Verma
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Attempted Coup in Sierra Leone: Former President’s Bodyguards Implicated

The Sierra Leone government has reported an attempted coup in the capital city, Freetown, on Sunday. The assault involved former bodyguards of ex-President Ernest Bai Koroma, who targeted military barracks, a prison, and other significant sites. This resulted in 2,200 prisoners escaping and over 20 casualties.

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Unveiling the Failed Coup

Sierra Leone, a West African nation, experienced a series of attacks on military barracks and prisons, termed as a failed coup attempt by the police and government officials. The incident led to the arrest of 13 military officers and one civilian. The attacks resulted in at least 20 deaths, and approximately 2,200 prisoners managed to escape. A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed, and a sense of tension prevails in Freetown, with schools and banks remaining closed. The country has been grappling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has further stirred the unrest.

Calm Restored, Investigations Ongoing

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In the aftermath of the attempted coup, calm has been restored in the capital. Multiple suspects, including 13 military officers and a civilian, have been apprehended. The government has been diligently working to restore order and capture those involved in the coup attempt. Yet, amid the ongoing investigations, there is no direct evidence linking ex-President Koroma to the attempted coup, despite the involvement of his former bodyguards.

Political Tensions and International Response

The attempted coup has further strained the political climate in Sierra Leone, which has been tense since the contested re-election of President Bio in June. The election sparked skepticism among the opposition and international observers, who raised concerns about the transparency of the process. The opposition party, All People Congress, and international bodies, including the US State Department, have condemned the attacks, advocating for legal accountability and denouncing violence. The unrest in Sierra Leone comes as the nation continues to recover from a devastating civil war and recent political tensions.

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