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At least 87 killed in Guinea anti-junta protest

world Updated: Sep 29, 2009 09:37 IST

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At least 87 people were killed in Conakry on when Guinea's security forces opened fire on opposition demonstrators, with troops reportedly removing bodies to hide the scale of the bloodshed.

"There are 87 bodies that were collected in and around the stadium after the military came through," a police source said, referring to the venue of Monday's's rally and speaking on condition of anonymity.

There are currently 47 bodies at the Samory Toure military camp in Conakry, four of them women, the source said, adding that the corpses were to be buried overnight.

After security forces crushed a protest against junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, military commanders issued instructions for all bodies from the demonstration at a city stadium to be taken to the Alpha Yaya Diallo military camp, rather than to morgues, a Red Cross source told AFP.

A source at Ignace Deen hospital told AFP that an army truck had come by to pick up "dozens of bodies" to be taken to "an unknown destination" after presidential guards violently evacuated several thousand people out to demonstrate in defiance of a ban.

"It's butchery! There are dozens of dead," said another doctor who asked not to be named.

The protesters had gathered to oppose any bid by the junta leader, who took power in December 2008, to run for president in elections due next January.