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13 killed in violence linked to Guinea election: Amnesty


People gather around a destroyed commercial building on October 10, 2015 in Conakry, after clashes between rival political parties ahead of Guinea's presidential election on October 11, 2015 (AFP Photo/Cellou Binani)

At least 13 people were killed in a week of violence in Guinea before and after its contested presidential election, with the security forces responsible for the deaths of unarmed civilians, Amnesty International said in a report published Thursday.

The toll covers the period October 8-13, the days surrounding the October 11 vote which, according to the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), handed victory and another five-year term to incumbent Alpha Conde.

His main rival, opposition leader and former premier Cellou Dalein Diallo, has refused to recognise the outcome and urged supporters to take to the streets against what he labelled an "illegal" election tainted by mismanagement and fraud.

Rights group Amnesty spoke of "fears that future protests could lead to more deaths unless security forces show restraint and those suspected of firing on civilians are brought to justice".

Amnesty listed six people killed in election-related violence in Guinea's capital city Conakry, including two victims shot in the back, and seven other fatalities in "violence between supporters" elsewhere in the country.

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