Ex-Sierra Leone president Kabbah dies at 82

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Photo - FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, June, 30, 2008, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, former Sierra Leone president and head of the African Union Observer Mission to Zimbabwe addresses a press conference in Harare. The 82-year old Kabbah, who oversaw the end of the country's brutal 10-year civil war, has died Thursday March 13, 2014, at home in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, FILE)
FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, June, 30, 2008, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, former Sierra Leone president and head of the African Union Observer Mission to Zimbabwe addresses a press conference in Harare. The 82-year old Kabbah, who oversaw the end of the country's brutal 10-year civil war, has died Thursday March 13, 2014, at home in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, FILE)
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, the former president of Sierra Leone who oversaw the end of the country's brutal civil war, has died.

A nephew confirmed to The Associated Press that Kabbah died at home in Freetown, the capital, on Thursday. He was 82 years old.

Kabbah, who became president in 1996, was briefly ousted by a military coup before returning to power. He stepped down in 2007 after serving two terms in office.

Kabbah was credited by Sierra Leone's people with resisting the rebels during the insurgents' 10-year terror campaign.

His supporters also credit him with helping to bring in the U.N. and British forces that crushed the rebels from 2000 on, after their final outbreak of bloodletting.

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