Guinea: Three dead in Nzerekore religious clashes

Three days of fierce clashes between Christians and Muslims in the eastern Guinea city of Nzerekore left at least three people dead and dozens wounded, witnesses and officials said on Sunday.

Mamady Kaba, a local official with RADDHO, a pan-African rights group confirmed, “We have been told of three dead. The victims are from the two communities. Some are carrying machetes and knives. One was burned alive.”

The killings took place despite a curfew has been imposed by the government to quell the violence. According to the residents, soldiers were shooting into the air on Sunday afternoon to disperse angry mobs of people armed with machetes and knives.

Reportedly, the clashes erupted on Friday after a Christian woman, wearing indecent dress, was assaulted while passing Muslim worshippers at prayers. In retaliation, Christians pelted stones at Muslims trying to pray.