SIERRALEONEANS ARMY SOLDIERS LEAVING THEIR BASE IN FREETOWN.
Members of the Sierra Leone Army ride in trucks as they leave their base inside Freetown June 9. The United Nations mission in Sierra Leone said on Friday it was concerned about 21 peacekeepers held hostage in the east and fended off criticism over its withdrawal from a northern flashpoint. Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels seized the 21 Indian soldiers on Monday from their post at Kuiva and moved them to the nearby town of Pendembu. The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has
been under strain since a nine-year civil war flared again at the start of May.