Tension as hundreds flee homes before Guinea vote

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BY BBCAFRICA

Hundreds of people in Kankan city in eastern Guinea have fled their homes as tension rises before Sunday’s presidential election in which Alpha Condé is seeking a controversial third term.

It follows violent clashes in the city between his supporters and those of opposition UFDG candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, who had planned to visit the area.

Kankan is a ruling party stronghold but the wider region is also home to many Fulani people – the same community Mr Diallo hails from, reports BBC Afrique’s Lalla Sy.

Our reporter says the latest violence appears to be a reprisal for an attack by angry youths on the motorcade of Guinea’s Prime Minister Kassory Fofana, who had campaigned in the UFDG stronghold of Labé a fortnight ago.

Some 30 people were injured in that attack and damage to property was reported.