Posted at: 05/03/2013 4:05 PM
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Violent demonstrations in Guinea leave 4 dead

(AP) CONAKRY, Guinea - Victims’ relatives and authorities in West African nation of Guinea say four people are dead following violent demonstrations against an upcoming legislative election.

A cousin said Friday that student Cherif Souleymane Diallo died after being shot by a police officer Friday. A second man, Mamady Camara, who was wounded Thursday by a thrown rock, also died.

A third unidentified man died from a gunshot wound, doctors said. The fourth victim of the protest-related violence was a police officer killed by demonstrators, according to authorities.

Long-delayed legislative elections have been set for June 30, though opposition to the poll date has prompted a series of demonstrations in Guinea’s capital.

Guinea went through decades of dictatorship and strongman rule before a landmark 2010 presidential election.

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