Ethnic tension hits Guinea

2010-10-25 20:18

Conakry – Members of the Malinke ethnic group rioted in two towns, killing one man and leaving Peul-owned stores in ruins as ethnic violence spread from the capital amid stalled presidential elections.

Tensions are rising in the African nation with a presidential runoff between two candidate – one Peul, the other Malinke – being delayed. Last week, the UN said some of the violence in the capital appears to be ethnically motivated.

At least one person was killed and 62 were hurt in the capital.

In the northern village of Siguiri, one man was killed by machete-wielding Malinke, a relative of the victim told The Associated Press. Local radio is reporting that stores owned by Peuls in Siguiri and Kankan were vandalised by Malinkes.