BBC’s Umaru Fofana has provided a brief update on the shooting around Murray Town Ordinance a short while ago.
In a post shared on social media he revealed, “The brief shooting around Murray Town Ordinance a short while ago was an effort by the security forces to apprehend two soldiers who were said to have been trapped since Sunday’s incident. The two were arrested and are in detention, according to my military sources.”
Fofana continued, “The presence of soldiers at Kingtom a short while ago that caused panic was a move to rearrest some of the prisoners who escaped on Sunday. No need to run helter-skelter as that causes a problem of its own. Please stay calm. React with a cool head.”
The Ministry of Information and Civic Education has also confirmed the incident in a public notice issued this afternoon.
“In the pursuit of individuals linked to the events of November 26th, gunshots were discharged in the vicinity of Murray Town barracks during ongoing operations,” the notice indicates. “The person of interest has been successfully apprehended and is currently under the custody of security forces. Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the apprehension process.”
Authorities are urging citizens to remain calm and proceed with their regular activities amidst these developments.
In the wake of a tragic attack in Sierra Leone that claimed the lives of twenty people and saw nearly 2,000 inmates escaping from a military barracks and prison, President Julius Maada Bio addressed the nation.
He assured citizens that most of the leaders behind the attack had been apprehended, stating, “Efforts are underway to capture others involved.”
The president also announced the initiation of an investigation to uncover the motives and details surrounding the incident.