Unrest In Sierra Leone Was Coup Attempt - Government

The government of Sierra Leone has designated Sunday’s unrest as a failed coup attempt.

It's the first time the authorities are acknowledging that the co-ordinated attack on barracks and prisons in the capital were an attempted military takeover.

Sierra Leonean Information Minister Chernor Bah called Sunday’s violence an attempt to illegally subvert and overthrow the elected government of Sierra Leone.

Thirteen military officers and one civilian have been arrested.

On Tuesday morning, shots were fired in the Murray Town neighbourhood of Freetown.

Police say the gunshots were part of an operation to apprehend some of the perpetrators of Sunday's attack. They added that a person of interest had been detained and that no one was hurt.