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Clashes in Guinea between opposition, ruling party supporters kill 1, injure 12 ahead of vote


CONAKRY, Guinea — Clashes in Guinea's capital between opposition supporters and those of the ruling party have left at least a dozen people injured. A hospital worker says one person has been killed.

Demonstrators from Cellou Dalein Diallo's Union for the Democratic Forces of Guinea party took to the streets of Conakry on Thursday, burning vehicles and shops. They clashed with President Alpha Conde's Rainbow Party supporters days before presidential elections. The two leaders are candidates, along with six others, in Oct. 11 elections.

A hospital worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the media, said a person died in the violence.

Conde became Guinea's first freely elected president in 2010. The country has a history of electoral violence that experts worry will return with the upcoming vote.

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