Liberia’s security agencies have arrested several persons in connection to a planned terrorist attack on the United States Embassy in Monrovia. According to official sources the attackers had intended to bomb the embassy on July 4, during the celebration of the US 242nd independence anniversary.
President George Weah and First Lady Clar Weah, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia were in attendance at the ceremony attended by more than 1,000 Liberians and foreign dignitaries.
The National Security Agency (NSA) On July 4, 2018 arrested three brothers namely, Mamadou Barry, Oumar Barry and Abubakar Barry. The Barry brothers are alleged to be the masterminds of the foiled terror strike.
They are facing multiple criminal offenses including terrorism, economic sabotage and money laundering.
On July 6, 2018, the three suspects with Malian links were jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison on the orders of Magistrate J. Kennedy Peabody of the Monrovia City Court.
The New Democrat understands Liberian security agents are in possession of the devices, including suicide belts, which the men would have used in the execution of their mission.
As part of the charges, NSA through a writ of arrest alleged that on several occasions up to including April 2018, in the city of Monrovia, the defendants with wicked and criminal intent to sabotage the economy, engaged in the illegal transfers of money the country.
President George Weah recently told a European Union Summit in Brussels that Liberia is facing terror threats due to the presence of the country’s troops in Mali.
Liberian soldiers are amongst approximately 3,300-strong West African force, supported by France and other Western powers to combat jihadist fighters from Sudan and Western Sahara that have reinforced the radical Islamist rebels controlling northern Mali.
President Weah said Liberia could face retaliatory attacks from sympathizers of terrorist organizations who are in support of their war against humanity
In recent years, West Africa has fast become a soft target for terror attacks.
Writes P. Nas Mulbah