Officials say Sierra Leone's top opposition presidential candidate was attacked and wounded ahead of a rally. Police say one person was killed and 18 wounded.
The government said in a statement that supporters of opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio clashed with ruling-party supporters on Friday in the southern city of Bo. An eyewitness says police fired into the crowd. Bio later addressed the crowd with a bandage around his head.
The retired general will challenge President Ernest Bai Koroma in next year's poll. He ruled the West African country briefly in 1996 after a military junta seized power in a coup.
Tens of thousands were killed in Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war. Koroma was elected in 2007 in the first presidential vote after the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers.