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Gunmen attack Guinea prison, free Moussa Camara, ex-head of state

Gunmen attack Guinea prison, free Moussa Camara, ex-head of state
November 04
14:40 2023

Gunmen have attacked a prison in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, and freed Moussa Camara, former head of state.

The gunmen were said to have blocked access to the city centre and attacked the prison around 5 am on Saturday.

Three persons were also freed alongside Camara during the prison break, with one of those now caught.

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

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The country’s borders have been closed as the authorities hunt for them.

Charles Wright, Guinea’s justice minister, announced the escape on local radio on Saturday.

“We will find them. And those responsible will be held accountable,” he said.

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Gunshots rang round Conakry just before dawn. The city centre was cordoned off and military vehicles patrolled the streets.

Among the escapees are Col Claude Pivi, a former government minister, who is accused of involvement in the murders at Conakry stadium on September 28, 2009.

Guinea is currently under military rule.

Camara seized power in 2008 after President Lansana Conté died. He was ousted and fled the country not long after the Conakry killings and in the wake of an assassination attempt.

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59-year-old Camara was residing in Burkina Faso before returning to Guinea in September 2022 to face trial.

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