Via FrontPageAfrica: West Point Riot: Bullet Removed From Another Boy Stomach. In the photo above, the boy is presumably the one on the right, with an obvious bullet wound; Shaki Kamara is at left in the green shirt, his shattered leg bandaged. Excerpt:
A second boy from the quarantined community of West Point had a bullet removed from his stomach at the S.D Cooper Clinic in Monrovia on Friday after his family with the help of the commissioner and health workers rushed him to hospital. The boy identified as Benny-Boy sustained a bullet hole in the stomach during the riot in West Point on Wednesday according to family sources.
The boy’s family confirmed that a bullet was removed from his belly. His uncle Mr. Arthur Gurley said the boy sustained the injuries during Wednesday’s riots and that the boy’s condition is not yet stable.
“Well, according to reports from the hospital, he is in critical condition. They did the operation and took a bullet from inside his stomach,” said Gurley via a mobile phone interview with FrontPageAfrica. He said the wounded boy was earlier taken to the Redemption hospital and discharged, but he continued to bleed from his wound, which led them to take him back to a health facility.
“When the incident occurred, they took him to the checkpoint, but the officers could not permit him to be taken to hospital. But later they took him to the Redemption hospital and after treatment at the Redemption hospital, they brought him back home,” said Gurley.
“But they never knew that the bullet was inside him. But when they brought him home his condition began to worsen and the commissioner took him to the S. D. Cooper clinic; that’s where the operation was done. He’s under critical condition at the S.D. Cooper clinic on 12th street.”
Riots broke out in West Point on Wednesday after the police backed by the army had gone in to evacuate the commissioner and her family. Miatta Flowers called for help after angry residents had surrounded her house in anger when they noticed she was trying to flee the area. The residents threw stones at the security forces as they escorted Flowers and her family out of the densely populated area.
The stoning intensified and the army fired live shots. One 15-year-old boy died on Wednesday evening from apparent gunshot wound. But authorities in Monrovia say there was no shot fired at rioting West Pointers.
Defense minister Brownie Samukai said the wound was a superficial one caused by a barbed wire that has been placed in the buffer zone and that the boy had tripped and fell over it with a wheel he was pushing.
I have seen at least one photograph showing Shaki Kamara's wound, and it is far from a superficial laceration; his right shin has been exploded.