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Military takes law into its own hands

World in Brief | GUINEA

February 14, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Guinea's military enforced draconian martial law measures across the West African nation, quashing protests and arresting people who broke curfew to halt a revolt against President Lansana Conte.

At least two people were killed in the northern town of Labe when soldiers opened fire on protesters, witnesses said.

The U.S. government said it would airlift some American citizens out of the riot-torn country.

Conte, who has resisted calls to step down, declared an 11-day state of siege Monday, handing sweeping search and arrest powers to the armed forces.

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