Guinea: Manhunts and indiscriminate tortures begin

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Check-points, rampant vehicular searches, violent raids, arrests, summary executions… Loyal junta forces in Guinea are leaving no stone unturned as they seek to lay their hands on lieutenant Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakité, the man who, reportedly, shot and gravely wounded the junta leader, Moussa Dadis Camara in the head, last Thursday. The military’s reign of terror in the West African country has reached unprecedented levels.

Efforts by the military to apprehend the presumed assassin by opening hotlines to gather information have proved futile. Even a heavy reward for information on the runaway lieutenant has yielded no results whatsoever. Toumba is still on the run. Heavy crackdowns are underway to get hold of the “most wanted criminal” in Guinea.

Check-points have mushroomed in all four corners of the country after the order for Toumba’s arrest was issued, Thursday. According to reports from taxi-drivers and their passengers, there is a marked increase in police and military check-points between Conakry and Coyah. The 50-kilometre distance counts at least 10 check-points. All vehicles are systematically searched. The same goes for the 85-kilometre Kankan-Kouroussa trunk road (situated in the Haute Guinée region).

Furthermore, the minister of presidential security, Claude Pivi, alias “Coplan”, and his men have also begun arresting military men and civilians suspected of having links to lieutenant Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakité, a former aide to the junta leader.

According to eyewitness reports, Monday, around 14 hours local time, Claude Pivi, Alias “Coplan” and his men violently raided Cosa, a neighbourhood known to hold a very large anti-Dadis population. A marabout (a local animist priest) was shot dead. Several people, including an Imam, were brutally arrested.

Three military men, close to Toumba, were arrested over the weekend on the Guinea-Sierra Leone border. Reports claim, they were conducted to the Alpha Diallo military barracks (the junta’s headquarters) where they were inhumanely tortured. Sergent Mohamed II Camara, former presidential guard, is among those arrested. Military sources have claimed that Mohamed II Camara, accused of being part of the assassination plot, has committed suicide.

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