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Shooting at rally to be investigated

September 30, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Guinea's government said it would investigate why troops opened fire on protesters at a pro-democracy rally. A human rights group said 157 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured.

Although it planned an investigation, the government insisted that the protest was illegal. It also said far fewer people died than reported. Members of the presidential guard fired on 50,000 people Monday at the main football stadium, shattering hopes that the West African country was shedding the yoke of dictatorship.

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