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Two teenagers killed in anti-junta protests in Guinea

AT least two teenagers have been killed in Guinea during protests against the ruling military junta, relatives and organisers said today.

The demonstrations, staged by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), took place as the motorcade of military leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya passed through the West African country’s capital Conakry.

Clashes broke out during the day, as demonstrators hurled stones at officers, who retaliated with tear gas.

Nineteen-year-old Ibrahima Balde was killed by a bullet fired by a member of the security forces in the suburb of Wanidara, where clashes occurred, his father said.

Hours later, 17-year-old Oumar Barry died from a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Police have denied causing any deaths.

Guinea’s military, which seized power last September, banned all demonstrations last week and dissolved the FNDC, a coalition of parties, trade unions and civil rights groups.

The junta has pledged a transition to civilian rule within three years.

In July, five people were killed in protests that the FNDC had intended would be peaceful.


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