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West Side Boys (Sierra Leone)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 86
Country: Sierra Leone
Date formed: July 7, 1999
Details of Formation: Supported government as a result of peace agreement in July 1999.
Date dissolved: June 1, 2000
Details of Termination: They fell out with the Freetown authorities in June 2000 after making attacks on pro-government forces and conducting a series of car-hijackings, robberies and rapes on defenceless civilians that forced the UN peacekeeping forces to retaliate
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): person/minister
Training and Equipment no
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no
Types of Material Support: plunder and loot
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: children; ex soldiers
Location: Freetown, Lunsar
Force Strength: [300, 300]
Target(s): civilians; rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; regular military force
Purpose(s): unclear
Other Information: -aka Occra Hill Boys -leader till 2000 was XXX (former leader of 1997-1998 military junta)