Clashes in Guinea as tension mounts ahead of presidential vote

The latest trouble in Guinea began when President Alpha Conde, who is seeking re-election, paid a campaign visit to the town of N'Zerekore and his supporters angered local traders by disrupting traffic and asking them to close their shops for his arrivalOpposition supporters clashed with activists from the ruling party in southeastern Guinea, leaving “numerous” people injured, medics and witnesses said Saturday, as tension mounts in the west African country ahead of next week’s presidential election. At least 16 people were admitted to hospital with bullet wounds following the unrest in the city of N’Zerekore, a hospital source told AFP, adding that six others came in with injuries caused by sticks and stones. In another hospital in Guinea’s second-largest city, a source spoke of “around a dozen young people” injured.

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