- Scores of people have been killed while others sustained gun wounds when soldiers opened fire at the main football stadium in Conakry today to disperse a political protest.
Thousands of protestors had gathered at the football venue to voice their discontent on the possibility of the Guenean military ruler standing for the presidential election scheduled for early next year.
Captain Moussa Camara headed the Guinea government following a coup in the country in December after the death of the long running Guinea's dictator, Lansana Conte.
According to reports tens of people were shot and it is feared that several, running to close to 100 people could have been shot. However there has not been an independent verification on the number of those killed.
The West African nation has seen boiling tensions since the military junta leader hinted he could also run for the country's top post in January.
Reports have further pointed out that some opposition leaders were also arrested following the violent dispersing of the protest.
The military junta in Guinea has banned protests since pressure mounted on the army to prepare to get back to the barracks and leave the country's administration to civilian and contitutional rule.
The African Union and the international community has repeatedly called for a smooth transition back to constitutionality in Guinea, even threatening harsher measures against the military rulers if they back down on their promise to organise free, credible, and transparent elections.
However, Capt Camara's hint to stand for elections has been seen as already an attempt to stamp in military rule in the West African state.
Guinea is the world's largest producer of aluminum ore, but remains one of Africa's poorest countries.
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