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W. African force is trying to oust Sierra Leone junta

Jets from a West African intervention force patrolled Wednesday above Sierra Leone's capital, meeting steady anti-aircraft fire from junta troops below.

The Nigerian-led force, fighting to oust the coup-installed military regime and restore the country's elected government to power, has been approaching Freetown since Thursday.Heavy artillery fire, which has been pounding Freetown intermittently, resumed Wednesday as junta forces shelled intervention troops entrenched on a small mountain on the city's eastern edge, witnesses said.

While central Freetown has not seen ground fighting yet, intervention soldiers are believed to have reached surrounding neighborhoods.