Sierra Leone: September 10, 2000


In an early mourning raid, 130 British paratroopers and a few SAS commandoes attacked the West Side Boys camp where six British soldiers and a Sierra Leone officer were held captive. One British soldiers was killed and twelve wounded, while 25 of the West Side Boys were killed and 19 captured. The captives were freed unharmed. The attack was launched from a British helicopter carrier offshore. Helicopter gunships accompanied the raid and provided additional fire power. The attack was from three directions, with the SAS troops apparently already in place close to the camp, ready to swoop in and release the captives once the paratroopers distracted the fifty or so West Side Boys in the area. . 


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