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At Least 54 People Reported Killed in Guinea Ethnic Clashes

By    |   Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 01:28 PM

Guinean security forces have been deployed to the southeastern part of the country after at least 54 people were killed and 130 injured in three days of ethnic clashes. A curfew is in place in N’Zerekore, the nation’s second-largest city with a population of approximately 300,000.
 
The fighting spread from the village of Koule, where guards from the Guerze community beat to death an ethnic Konianke youth they had accused of stealing.

Witnesses said some of the dead were burned alive or hacked with machetes, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Most Guerze are animist or Christian, while the Konianke are Muslim.

President Alpha Conde appealed for calm and called for national unity in the run-up to long-delayed  elections scheduled for September.

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Guinean security forces have been deployed to the southeastern part of the country after at least 54 people were killed and 130 injured in three days of ethnic clashes. A curfew is in place in N’Zerekore, the nation’s second-largest city with a population of approximately 300,000.
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