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Sierra Leone soldiers held in suspected ‘mutiny’

August 20, 2013

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone’s defense ministry says an unidentified number of soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of planning a mutiny.

A statement from the ministry issued late Tuesday said the arrests occurred over the weekend at a barracks in the northern town of Makeni. The statement said the incident “is believed to be an alleged planned mutiny” and that the arrests were made “purely on the basis of suspicion and illegal gathering.”

The statement warned against speculation and expressed concern about “misleading” accounts of the incident appearing in local media outlets. It provided few details, however, saying more information would be made available once an investigation was completed.

The small West African nation suffered a brutal 11-year civil war that left 50,000 dead before ending in 2002.

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