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Clashes between supporters of rival factions turn deadly

Police say at least one person was killed on Thursday as supporters of Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade clashed with opposition protesters angered by Wade's decision to seek a third term in a 2012 election.


AFP - Supporters of Senegal's rival political factions clashed in Dakar on Thursday, leaving one man dead, police and political sources said.

The violence erupted on the eve of rival rallies by supporters of President Abdoulaye Wade and opposition protestors angered by the 85-year-old leader's bid to seek a third term in a 2012 election.

Local media reported the deadly shot may have been fired by the main opposition party's youth wing leader in response to an attack carried out by thugs hired by the ruling party.

"One man died of a gunshot wound" after pro-regime and opposition supporters clashed in a neighbourhood of the capital, Alioune Tine, who heads the Raddho human rights groups, told AFP.

A police official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the death and said the victim suffered a wound to the chest.

Opposition Socialist Party (PS) spokeswoman Aissata Tall Sall alleged that five pickup trucks packed with ruling party supporters descended on the Sicap-Mdermoz neighbourhood and attacked the local council, which is headed by PS youth wing leader Barthelemy Dias.

"There were orders coming from a very high-ranking military source," she said.

Local media reported that Dias was the man who fired the deadly shot.

"The mayor was in a situation of self-defence," Tall Sall said, adding that her party was lodging a complaint for an assassination attempt following the incident.


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