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Police admit ‘warning shots kill Abdul, 29’

September 26, 2018

By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

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Director of Crime Services, Mohamed Brima Jah addressing journalists

Director of Crime Services at Police Headquarters has told newsmen at a press conference that a warning shot fired by security personnel at Massengbeh village, Tonkolili district killed Abdul Kombay Kamara, 29.

Mohamed Brima Jah, who was circumspect while addressing journalists Monday, said the deceased was not the primary target of the trigger.

“When the police were attacked by the youth in Massengbeh village, they actually decided to withdraw and fire some warning shots to scare the youth away. It was one of those warning shots which actually struck at a very hard object and redirected the movement of the bullet towards the deceased,” he said.

He said a post-mortem examination revealed some bruises on the skin of the victim, which indicates that the bullet didn’t enter straight into the flesh of the deceased and that the same report also indicates that the latter might have survived if he was rushed to hospital.

“Post-mortem examination actually indicated that if they have rushed immediately to the hospital, the young man would have been rescued. What stands out clear from the ballistic expert is that, the individual that died was not the primary target of the bullet. The primary target is where someone is actually aimed at and shot but that was not the case here,” he reiterated.

Jah noted that the cultivation of cannabis as well as its possession amounts to crime and that the 34 suspects were arrested during the raid because of those reasons.

On 9th September 2018, a joint security raid on villages around the Mile 91 axis for alleged cultivation and possession of cannabis resulted to the death of one Abdul Kamara, and the arrest of scores of others.

Police, however, had told journalists at a previous press conference that the shooting was caused by irate youth who had set up roadblocks and fired petrol bombs at them.

Meanwhile, Director of Community Affairs, Assistant Inspector-General Edward Kalia Sesay said 13 out of the 34 suspects arrested have been charged to court and that the Independent Police Complaint Board, CDIID and Criminal Investigations Department were investigating some police officers who were part of the 150 security personnel that raided Matibo and Massengbe villages.