West African peacekeepers trying to restore Sierra Leone's elected government advanced toward the capital Saturday and reportedly captured two towns in the other direction.
At least 10 people have been killed and 84 wounded in two days of fighting, according to a radio station controlled by the nation's coup-installed military regime. The report did not say how many casualties each side had suffered.The percussion from gunbattles a few miles away shook homes in the center of Freetown. Residents hid inside their homes, fearing the fighting might move into the city itself. Roads out of the city were reportedly blocked by soldiers from both sides.
The junta radio station also said the peacekeepers had taken the town of Waterloo, about 20 miles east of Freetown, as well as the Bengwema Military Training Camp six miles farther east.