From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, Awareness Times Trainee Stabbed & Robbed
By Momoja Lappia
Aug 3, 2010, 17:08

Regardless of the reported scaling up in the operations of Sierra Leone Police to combat crime within cities across the country, the menace of armed robbery still continues unabated. A recent case in point was in the small hours of night to Monday morning when Awareness Times trainee reporter, Mohamed Kanu became a victim of an attack and theft by armed men in east end of Freetown.

Our administrative policy demands the detailing of a trainee to the press and printing department on some nights. Mohamed was on duty that fateful night to ensure that our valued and numerous readers get the papers as early as possible the following morning.

According to him, whilst strolling home after printing was concluded in the early morning hours, he was rudely accosted by unidentified armed men who demanded of him to give up all his personal effects.

"Before I could understand exactly what was going on, they manhandled and stabbed me in the head and looted all what I had," he explained while groaning in pain. With blood oozing from the wound, Mohamed said he nonetheless managed to walk his way to the Eastern Police Station where he reportedly spent the night under protective custody.

Meanwhile as police continue their investigations, Mohamed is responding to medical treatment.

His predicament follows The Senator editor, Prince C. Kamara who was similarly attacked along Sani Abacha Street last week and also Morris Fatoma, the Personal Assistant to the Publisher who was violently robbed of his mobile phone and cash by robbers along PZ environs a few days ago. The incidents of robbery with aggravation are currently quite high in Sierra Leone.

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