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I was in Koindu Town. It was around 4.30 to 5, very early in the morning, when the first bombshell came from the Guinea end and landed right in Koindu. But, you know, the way the bomb sounded, because I was a little sleepy, I got it but it was not too much, but I woke up suddenly and I started hearing some noise in the town. So I came outside and the second bomb also landed, the one that was launched, it too landed in Koindu that night. So we started hearing firing being launched from the riverside, that Nongowa riverside at the Koindu border with Guinea, the crossing point called Nongowa crossing point, they were launching from there and it was landing in Koindu. That was how that attack started.

We were in Koindu, we the soldiers, we reorganised ourselves and advanced towards them. We went up to - because from Koindu to the river is three miles. We went almost two miles, more than two miles, a mile to the riverside we mounted an ambush there that morning - very early that morning. They moved and crossed the river. By the time - at the time that they were shelling they were across the river, but by daybreak they came across because there was a ferry there, a big ferry. They crossed over with their armoured tanks and vehicles and the manpower, they were on the ground coming. So when they came they fell into our ambush that particular morning.

We fought, we continued fighting, but their manpower was more than ours and they had a lot of ammunition and materials than us. So they sent us in disarray so we bypassed up to Koindu. So I came and went to the radio place - in fact I met the radio men. They had parked their equipment and went to another - gone to another village called Konjo, a mile from Koindu going towards Buedu.

When I came on the ground I asked and they said the radio men hand gone to Konjo so I went there, but by then, just like I had said, Koindu to Buedu was 17 miles. People had heard - Sam Bockarie and others had heard, the soldiers had heard, but they did not know exactly what was going on. So I too went on the radio and prepared the message and sent it immediately to Sam Bockarie that we have come under attack at Koindu by the Guineans, through the Guinean riverside, and they had sent us in disarray so we wanted reinforcement, but they were advancing towards Koindu. That was how the attack happened on Koindu.

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