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Attack on Togo leader to be investigated

2012-07-17 16:19

Lome - President Faure Gnassingbe has given his security services 48 hours to investigate an alleged attack this weekend on the home of Jean-Pierre Fabre, the country's opposition leader.

An announcement read on Togo National TV on Monday said that Gnassingbe had learned that paramilitary police broke into Fabre's private residence and abused people there.

The assault occurred while police were dispersing supporters of a protest march.

Gnassingbe said he was "alarmed by the reports" and is giving Minister of Security Colonel Gnama Latta 48 hours to investigate and deliver a report on the incident.

Fabre lost to Gnassinge in the 2010 election. He's been holding weekly demonstrations since then to protest the results, which he says were rigged.