23 May 2012

Liberia: Finance Minister Escapes Petrol Bomb Attack

Police in Monrovia have confirmed that Finance Minister Amara Konneh escaped a petrol bomb attack on his residence Tuesday, May 22, 2012 unharmed.Police spokesman George Bardue told this paper yesterday that two petrol bombs were discovered unexploded in the 8th Street Community, Monrovia residence of the Finance Minister during the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

He disclosed that Minister Konneh alerted the Liberia National Police (LNP) moments after the unexploded petrol bombs were discovered in his yard, adding that circumstances surrounding the episode is yet unknown.

He furthered that the crime scene unit of the LNP visited the scene of the attack, took away the unexploded objects to the police forensic laboratory and are currently conducting an investigation regarding the incident.

The police spokesman stated that the police ongoing investigation will seek to unravel among other things how the petrol bombs got in the Minister's residence, and who are those behind the attack.

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry Communication Division Chief, Mr. Sidike Trawaly, has disclosed that Minister Konneh yesterday expressed concern over his life following the discovery of the petrol bombs.

According to him, Minister Konneh is of the belief that the attack was an attempt on his life, adding that: "He is wondering what he has done for anyone to want to harm him."

He further disclosed that the unexploded petrol bombs were discovered under the Finance Minister's vehicle, which he said, was parked in his yard, prior to the incident.

However, he added that the minister is well and remains upbeat as he carries out his normal routine at the Ministry.

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