A nationwide curfew has been declared in Sierra Leone, following massive protests in parts of Freetown and other areas in the Northern part of the country.
Six police officers were killed Wednesday when protesters descended into clashes between security forces and youth demanding the president resign, because of "economic hardship".
Women who had gathered in the city centre Wednesday morning, holding placards, later fled the scene as tensions rose.
Two officers were killed in the capital, Freetown, three in the northern town of Kamakwie and one in the northern city of Makeni, police inspector general William Fayia Sellu told Reuters.
Protests were concentrated in the north and west - opposition heartlands - of the West African country. At least two civilians also died in coastal Freetown
Dozens of protestors had been arrested, police said. A health worker at a hospital in Freetown said dozens of people had been injured.
In the Kissy neighbourhood in the east end of the city, demonstrators threw rocks and sticks at security forces, who fired tear gas in their directio.