Last Sunday's planned attacks on Freetown, capital of the Sierra Leone, were “an attempted coup d'état”. Information Minister Chernor Bah declared this today, confirming the analysis previously formulated by the government. “The incident was a failed coup attempt. The intention was to subvert and illegally overthrow a democratically elected government,” Bah was quoted by local media as saying. “The attempt failed and many leaders are in police custody or on the run. We will try to capture them and subject them to the full force of the laws of Sierra Leone”, added the minister. Bah had previously said that Sunday's armed attacks on some "key installations" in the country were part of a planned and coordinated attack on national security organized by some military and former officials.
Meanwhile, the manhunt continues in the country to trace the participants in Sunday's violent attack. Authorities are offering a $2 reward to anyone with information on a culprit still at large, as well as $1.890 for any leads on escaped prisoners. A total of 155 inmates have escaped from Freetown Central Prison, Sierra Leone, XNUMX of whom were sentenced to life imprisonment and the rest to long prison terms. According to a report from the penitentiary of Pademba Rd among the escapees there are 20 foreign citizens, ten of whom have been convicted and the others awaiting trial. Furthermore, according to the report, 253 escapees were currently detained in pre-trial detention, two of them under high surveillance, while 357 were facing trial against them. According to prison officials, 23 escapees returned spontaneously. Meanwhile, army spokesman Issa Bangura confirmed that eight soldiers were seriously injured in clashes while defending their barracks, while at least four attackers and two civilians were killed in connection with Sunday's events, with a known toll of at least 19 dead (13 of them soldiers).