Sierra Leone: May 17, 2000


RUF leader Foday Sankoh was captured in the capital when he returned to his looted house. His bodyguard was shot dead and Sankoh wounded when they resisted capture by some locals. Government and British troops seized Sankoh before a local mob could kill him. ECONOMOG, the peacekeeping force comprised of troops from west African nations, will return to Sierra Leone. RUF continued to fight peacekeepers and pro-government militias. In one clash 40 kilometers north of the capital, one peacekeeper and six militiamen were killed. There are now 9,000 peacekeepers in the country, and thousands of rearmed pro-government militiamen.  


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