S Leone troops held in suspected 'mutiny'
21 August 2013, 13:15
Freetown - Sierra Leone's defence ministry says an
unidentified number of soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of planning a
A statement from the ministry issued late on 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.