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Armed Cliques Terrorize Mountain Cut

Armed Cliques Terrorize Mountain Cut

Residents in the Mountain Cut area and its environs have called on the police to come to their rescue as their community has become the playground for armed cliques who attack and rob them.

In an interview, one woman said they fear going to the mosque for evening prayers. A victim who is a trader, said he was stabbed in the back and his money and that of a nearby Top-Up seller amounting to Le1 million taken from them by one of the cliques.

Another woman said the cliques have become bolder and now attack and rob people in broad daylight.

Another woman who is also a trader said the cliques move in numbers with cutlasses. They snatch phones and other valuable properties. She said in fear of been attacked, she now closes her shop by 7 o clock in the evening.

The cliques, they said, come from Mount Aureol, Kossoh Town by Patton Street and from an area in Foulah Town called Solar and they dress in black. They scare the people with petrol bombs before undertaking their operations.

The Mountain Cut residents stated that when they call the police, their response is slow; only arriving after the cliques have melted away.

One of the victims said that with the failure of the police to respond swiftly and rapidly to their distress calls, they have decided to organize themselves into vigilante groups to protect themselves and their properties.

East End Police Operations Officer, ASP Kamara agrees that they are aware of this threat to lives and properties coming from cliques in Mount Aureol, Kossoh and other places in their area of command. However, he accused the people of harboring the offenders and failing to provide the police with information that will lead to arrests.

Their seeming late response to reports of clique activities, he said, is due to various factors including human and vehicular traffic and the hilly nature of the terrain. He called on communities not to take the law into their own hands but to work with the police to devise strategies that will be effective to tackle the menace.

By Ranger

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