FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Mutinous troops patrolled deserted streets, prompting terrified residents to refuse orders to return to work Monday after soldiers seized power and ousted the elected president.
Sunday's coup--the third in five years--unseated President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, whose election in February 1996 ended five years of military rule. At least 15 people died and 40 were injured in the military takeover, which ravaged the capital with fighting, looting and arson.
Some of Kabbah's ministers also fled the country, and news media in neighboring Guinea said Sunday that Kabbah had taken refuge there.
Leading the uprising was Maj. Johnny Paul Koroma, who said Kabbah's government failed to deliver the peace promised by an accord with rebels that ended the West African nation's five-year civil war in November.