Sierra Leone candidate seeks care for head wound

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 6:03 AM
Sierra Leone candidate seeks care for head wound

A spokesman says Sierra Leone's top opposition presidential candidate has left the country for medical treatment after being wounded in the head.

Julius Maada Bio's condition suddenly deteriorated after he sustained a head injury ahead of last week's rally. Spokesman Tamba Sam says Bio left late Tuesday for Ghana.

Bio's supporters clashed with ruling-party supporters on Friday in the southern city of Bo.

An eyewitness says police fired into the crowd, and police said one person was killed. Bio later addressed the crowd wearing a head bandage.

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.