Sierra Leone arrests ‘most leaders’ of unrest in West African nation
Sierra Leone has arrested the leaders of an armed attack in the capital that prompted the government to declare a nationwide curfew, the West African country’s president has said.
“Most of the leaders have been arrested. Security operations and investigations are ongoing,” President Julius Maada Bio said on national television on Sunday following armed clashes in Freetown after what the government said was an attack on a military armoury.
The government said it repelled the attack and was in control of the situation. The incident occurred amid months of post-election unrest.
The “government is in firm control of the security situation in Freetown, the attackers are retreating”, information minister Chernor Bah.