Deadly clashes in Guinea ahead of presidential vote

Guinean President Alpha Conde speaks during an inauguration ceremony of the Kaleta hydroelectric dam in the Dubreka prefecture north of Conakry on September 28, 2015Clashes between supporters of Guinea’s ruling party and opposition activists left at least one dead and more than 80 wounded, a charity said, as tension mounts ahead of next week’s presidential election. Authorities declared a curfew across the southwestern city of N’Zerekore after fighting gripped the city late into Saturday night, the second major outbreak of violence in the run-up to the October 11 polls. “Our teams, working with the Guinean Red Cross, helped the medical team at the regional hospital of N’Zerekore to care for around 80 people injured by gunshots or rocks,” said Olivier van Eyll, the head of medical charity Alima’s Guinea mission.

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