Guinea land clash leaves 60 wounded, witness says

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Posted: Aug 02, 2011 11:11 AM
Guinea land clash leaves 60 wounded, witness says

A witness says soldiers have clashed with villagers in southern Guinea over an apparent land dispute in the West African nation.

Witness Jean Kolie says 60 people were wounded in the clash that erupted last week when residents refused to let the government expropriate their land for oil and rubber production.

He says soldiers are detaining residents at a military camp, and that 100 people fled the violence and sought refuge with aid agencies in the area.

Kolie spoke late Monday, saying residents had been too afraid to speak out sooner.

Guinea is rich in minerals and natural resources, but its mineral wealth has been siphoned off through misrule since independence from France in 1958.