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Guinea police tear-gas protesters

Girl washing her hair on the road in front of car destroyed in riots last year (file photo)
Guineans have been getting used to protests - this girl was washing her hair

At least one person has been killed and 20 injured in clashes between youths and police in Guinea capital.

Police say the man, an off-duty police officer, was killed by a stray bullet fired by soldiers in Conakry.

The demonstrators took to the streets demanding cheaper fuel and the police responded with tear gas.

The protestors were angry after the government cut fuel prices by just 20%, while global oil prices have fallen by 50% since last July.

BBC West Africa correspondent Will Ross says Guinea is particularly volatile due to general frustration with a government widely viewed as ineffective.

One of Conakry's most volatile suburbs, Bambeto, was the worst affected, with youths stoning vehicles and blocking all traffic.

Aware that global fuel prices have significantly dropped in recent months, our correspondent says Guineans had been wondering why they had not seen similar falls at the petrol pumps and in the price of fuel used for cooking.

In recent weeks, demonstrators demanding electricity have blocked trains carrying the country's main export, bauxite, to port.

Early last year there were efforts to force out the government through strike action. More than 130 protestors were shot dead by security forces.

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