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Sierra Leone has imposed a nationwide curfew following a gun attack on a military barracks in the capital, Freetown. The government statement raised concerns about the possibility of a coup d’etat.

Sierra Leone’s government announced on Sunday that it successfully repelled the attack on the military’s main Wilberforce barracks and asserted control over the situation.

Chernor Bah, Sierra Leone’s Information Minister, assured the public in a statement on Sunday that “the government and its state security forces are in control.”

Chernor Bah urged citizens to “stay indoors” as security forces “continued the process of apprehending the suspects”.

There are reports of heavy gunfire and explosions in the capital, Freetown, on Sunday morning. A video shared on social media seems to depict plumes of smoke rising from the streets, indicating a situation of unrest.

Sierra Leone’s President, Julius Maada Bio, acknowledged the security breach in a statement on his official social media account on Sunday. He attributed the attack to a group of “renegades.”

President Julius Maada Bio stated that calm had been “restored,” with security forces actively pursuing the remaining members of the group responsible for the attack. He called on all citizens to unite in safeguarding democracy in Sierra Leone.

“The PEACE of our beloved NATION is PRICELESS and we shall continue to protect the peace and security of Sierra Leone against the forces that wish to truncate our much-cherished stability,” said the post.

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