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Tuesday, 22 October, 2002, 05:01 GMT 06:01 UK
'Mass graves' found in Guinea
Sekou Toure (picture: webguinee)
Relatives of people allegedly killed by the administration of Guinea's first President, Ahmed Sekou Toure, say they have discovered mass graves where hundreds of people were buried.

A spokeswoman for the group, Aminatta Barrie, said local people in the western town of Kindia had led them to the sites in the hills and forests around the town.

She said the group planned to bring in foreign help, to provide proof of what she described as the genocide committed by Mr Toure, who led Guinea as a one-party state until his death in 1984.

Ms Barrie said one grave is believed to contain the remains of soldiers; the bodies of local politicians are thought to have been dumped in another mass grave.

She said many of the victims had been buried alive.

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