Britons airlifted from Sierra Leone

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Britons, Commonwealth and European citizens trapped in Sierra Leone following the coup which toppled President Kabbah at the weekend were yesterday airlifted to safety aboard a jumbo jet chartered by the Foreign Office. The plane was due to land at Gatwick at 2am today.

The Foreign Office said no serious injuries to British or foreign nationals had been reported, but that about 50 homes had been looted at gunpoint. Christopher Bellamy