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Rebels repulsed in attack on Mogbontoso

[Angola] Government soldiers.
Troupes angolaises (IRIN)

Pro-government West African troops in Sierra Leone beat back an attack on the town of Magbontoso yesterday (Thursday), less than 60 km from the capital, Freetown, the country’s information ministry said, quoting ECOMOG spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jimoh Okunlola.

Okunlola told reporters the attackers were remmants of a rebel band that tried to capture the garrison town of Masiaka, 60 km east of Freetown. “There is no way they can get to Freetown. Our troops are holding all the strategic positions to Freetown,” he said. Calm had returned to Mogbontoso, he said, and ECOMOG had regained total control of the area.

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