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Sierra Leonean city restores calm after riots

27 May 2022, 04:44 GMT+10

FREETOWN, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Calm has returned to the central business district of Makeni, a city in Sierra Leone's Northern Province after riots between police and commercial motorbike operators subsided Thursday.

Shops around the area which shut operations earlier are now open to the public, Makeni police commander Esther Kaintor Dukulay told Xinhua.

On Thursday, dozens of the commercial motorbike operators disrupted traffic by blocking roads with sticks and stones and went rioting in the city after news emerged that the police had shot one rider.

Police said the rider was temporarily interrogated by the police and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the rider's case.

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