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Vol 38 No 21

Published 24th October 1997


Sierra Leone

Junta versus junta

Major Johnny Paul Koroma's junta is increasingly personalising what it calls its 'dispute' with General Sani Abacha. In this way, it hopes to divide West African opinion over Nigeria's repeated bombing raids on Freetown, which the junta claims have killed over 100 civilians at Mabela, the Shell-Kissi compound and the Badama checkpoint near Kenema. Koroma and his brother, Brigadier General S.Y.F. Koroma, may be succeeding: President Charles Taylor in neighbouring Liberia has come out strongly against Ecomog's use of Robertsfield Airport as the staging post for its bombing raids.

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