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Ex-Guinea head of state, freed by gunmen, rearrested and returned to prison

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Moussa Camara, former Guinea head of state, has been rearrested a few hours after his escape from prison.

On Saturday, around 5 am, gunmen attacked a prison in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, and freed the former head of state.

Three persons were also freed alongside Camara during the prison break.

After the attack, the country’s borders were closed as the authorities launched a hunt for them.

“We will find them and those responsible will be held accountable,” Charles Wright, Guinea’s justice minister, had said.

Confirming Camara’s rearrest, Jocamey Haba, counsel to Camara, told AFP that his client was back behind bars.

An army spokesperson in Guinea also confirmed the development to AFP.

“Captain Moussa Dadis Camara has been found safe and sound and taken back to prison,” Haba said.

The fugitives are currently on trial for their alleged roles in the death of more than 150 persons during a 2009 protest.

Camara seized power in 2008 after President Lansana Conté died.

He was ousted, then he fled the country not long after the Conakry killings and in the wake of an assassination attempt.

The 59-year-old former head of state was residing in Burkina Faso before returning to Guinea in September 2022 to face trial.

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Sierra Leone government arrests gunmen who attacked barracks, says calm has been restored

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Sierra Leone says its security forces have restored calm to the country after armed men attacked the military barracks on Sunday.

Chernor Bah, the country’s minister of information and civic education, had said “unidentified individuals” attacked the barracks which houses several foreign embassies, including those of China, Germany, Austria, Gambia, Lebanon and Syria.

Following Bah’s announcement, the government declared a nationwide curfew.

Prisoners also escaped from a detention facility after a coordinated jail break orchestrated by gunmen.

In an address on Sunday night, Julius Bio, president of Sierra Leone, said most of the leaders of the attack have been arrested.

Although Bio refrained from describing the chain of events as a coup, he labelled them an attempt to undermine the stability the country has worked hard to achieve.

“The attackers have been repelled by a combined team of gallant security forces and calm has been restored,” the president said.

“Most of the leaders have been arrested, security operations and investigations are ongoing. We will ensure that those responsible are held accountable through due process.

“I acknowledge the bravery and dedication of our armed forces, police, and all those who played a role to defeat this attempt to undermine the peace and stability we’ve worked so hard to achieve.”

Bio asked citizens to be reminded of national unity and advised that “everyone remain vigilant and cooperate with the security forces”.

In another statement, the minister of information and civic education said a new curfew would be imposed from 9 pm to 6 am local time till further notice.

Bah also asked citizens to report suspicious activities to security agencies.

Sierra Leone has been engulfed by a tense political climate since Bio was re-elected in June.

The result of the election was rejected by the opposition candidate and questioned by international partners, including the US and European Union, who said the polls lacked transparency.

The unrest in Sierra Leone comes in the wake of a slew of military coups in West and Central Africa.

In his address to the nation following the attack on the barracks, Bio called on the West African nation’s political and traditional leaders to work to preserve peace.

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SpaceX launches mega Starship rocket on second test flight

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SpaceX today carried out the second test launch of Starship, the largest rocket ever built that Elon Musk hopes will one day colonise Mars, while NASA awaits a modified version to land humans on the Moon.

It comes after a first attempt to fly the spaceship in its fully-stacked configuration back in April ended in a spectacular explosion over the Gulf of Mexico.

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UK PM appoints James Cleverly as new interior minister

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday appointed James Cleverly as interior minister, switching the 54-year-old from the role of foreign secretary which he had held for a year.

The move, part of Sunak’s first major reshuffle after nearly 13 months in power, follows the UK leader sacking Suella Braverman as interior minister earlier Monday.

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