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Sierra Leone: Government Announces 57 Arrests Linked To Attempted Coup

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The number of people detained since these events has reached 57, the great majority of whom are military personnel, according to the Sierra Leonean government, which announced 43 additional arrests on Monday in relation to the coup attempt on November 26.

According to the most recent statistics, which were released on November 28, there were 14 people detained—13 soldiers and 1 civilian.

Yusuf Keketoma Sandi, the deputy minister in charge of information, stated on state radio that “57 people have been arrested since the failed coup,” including 43 over the past weekend. However, he did not provide details about the location or reason for the arrests.

These fifty-seven individuals included 37 active police officers, 10 civilians, 4 soldiers who were dismissed from the army, 1 retired, and detailed Sandi. The coup leaders’ identities have not been made public.

President Julius Maada Bio pledged on Saturday that “respect for the law” would govern how the country responded to the incidents.

Men engaged in gunpoint fighting with security personnel during an early November 26 attack on a military armoury, two more barracks, two prisons, and two police stations.

Information Minister Chernor Bah reported that 21 people were killed in the fighting: 14 soldiers, a police officer, a prison guard, a security guard, a woman, and three attackers.

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