Brewerville Township near Monrovia was the scene of a ghastly attack by armed robbers, who broke into the home of a early Saturday, 25 May.
Reports say having capitalized on the quietude and vulnerability of the area in which the home is located, the armed men ransacked the entire house and subsequently tortured their victims, leaving some of them badly wounded before making away with several items, including mobile phones, jewelries and electrical appliances.
One of the victims has been identified as a 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped during the attack, while others suffered serious injuries, including a broken rib.
Speaking to this paper from his hospital bed at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island, another victim Patrick Doyah, who suffered multiple injuries, said the attackers were about nine, armed with guns and machetes.
Patrick narrated that the men broke into their home, dressed in camouflage (military) uniforms with masks on their faces and assembled all occupants in the living room and thoroughly searched the entire house for any hidden person. He said they were surprised when the robbers asked for their older brother, Emerson, who is said to have left for vacation to the United States.
The victim continued that the attackers brutally flogged them after they were told that their brother Emerson has not returned home. e said the men severely beat them with rusty machetes and kicked them all over their bodies.
According to him, they don’t think that the attack was purposely for robbery, but believe that the men were on a covert operation with intent to get rid of their brother.
He said they were assisted by neighbors in the community, who called the police several hours after the men had left their home, adding that the police arrived at the scene almost an hour after the call. With tears dropping down his cheeks, he told this paper that they were now living in fear and could not return home because of insecurity.
This is the second time in less than two months that the family’s home has been attacked by armed men. In March, they experienced similar attack with no intervention by the police. With inadequate logistical support, the Liberia National Police is incapacitated to provide security for many families, who suffered similar attacks.