A pastor in Sierra Leone has unearthed one of the world’s largest uncut diamonds.
The huge stone, weighing 709 carats, is reportedly one of the 20 largest ever found.
The diamond was presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday and is now locked up in the country’s central bank, the president’s office said.
It was found by a pastor mining in Sierra Leone’s diamond-rich eastern province.
It is the largest diamond to be found in the country since 1972, when minors found the 969-carat ‘Star of Sierra Leone’.
The presidential spokesman said in statement that the diamond has not yet been valued.
But it will be sold in Sierra Leone with a “transparent” bidding process to the benefit of the community and country, the statement said.