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Yes, Sierra Leone’s maximum correctional facility (prisons) at Pa Demba Road was breached, and inmates escaped following sustained shootings at the country’s main military barracks.

SLAJ iVerify has found a claim being widely shared on social media that prisoners at the country’s main correctional facility escaped to be true.

Claim

“Inmates at Sierra Leone’s main correctional facility (Prison) in Freetown escaped, on Sunday 26th of November 2023 following sustained shootings at the country’s main military barracks” social media reports say.

Rating Justification

SLAJ iVerify has found a claim doing rounds on social media that prisoners at Sierra Leone’s main prison facility in central Freetown have escaped to be true. To arrive at this conclusion, SLAJ iVerify spoke to eyewitnesses who confirmed same.

It is worth noting that our fact-checking desk took some of the videos that speak to the claim and analyze them using our fact-checking tools. After analyzing these videos, we arrived at the conclusion that some of the videos that were taken earlier today about the incident were true.

Additionally, our fact-checking desk also spotted a press release from the Ministry of Information and Civic Education confirming the same.

Evidence and References

Eyewitnesses

Press Release from Ministry of Information and Civic Education.