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Sierra Leone Rebel Chief Captured

May 17, 2000

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) _ Stripped naked by his captors, Sierra Leone’s notorious rebel chief was seized by pro-government troops, prompting spontaneous street celebrations today in the capital of this war-weary nation.

Foday Sankoh, whose rebel group has killed thousands and terrorized civilians in this impoverished West African nation, was brought to defense headquarters early this morning, according to British Lt. Cmdr. Tony Cramp, spokesman for the British forces in the country.

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