Post-election violence in Freetown: Govt deploys military
The government of Sierra Leone has invoked Military Aid to Civil Power in response to tribally motivated attacks against supporters of the ruling party from northern parts of the country.
According to reports last night from Freetown, violent Attacks were reportedly launched against supporters of All Peoples Congress by suspected supporters of SLPP whose flagbearer won the first round of the presidential election.
The attacks reportedly appeared to have targeted APC loyalists who are from northern parts of the country.
The attacks took place at Fenton and Tinkoko Road, Freetown with several houses and properties destroyed.
The deployment of military to support the police to maintain law and order followed several arrests made by the police over the incident.
A security and political source revealed that the immediate deployment of military was to forestall a tribal confrontation and colouration.
According to the source, “some evil politicians are trying to instigate ethnic violence as a way of disrupting the presidential run off slated for 27th.We will not allow them”, the source said.