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24 March 2017 12:09 (South Africa)

US says South African mercenaries helping Guinea’s killer regime

US deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa, William Fitzgerald, says the US has evidence that South African mercenaries are training Guinea's military junta. If true, South Africa will need to act fast. News reports say nearly 200 people died in September when troops fired on a huge rally in the capital, Conakry. Up to 50,000 demonstrators hit the streets after coup leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who seized power in December last year, said he planned to run for president next year, reneging on a promise not to do so. Rights groups say many women were raped and bayoneted. Guinean officials say 57 people died, most trampled to death. Both the African Union and West African economic grouping, Ecowas, have suspended Guinea. Read more: BBC, Sapa, Human Rights Watch

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