Tension In Guinean Bordering Town…Several Killed, Churches, Mosques Set Ablaze

By Melissa Chea-Annan

Serious tension between two ethnic groups in N’zelekore, Guniea has led to the death of at least eight persons and the burning down of two churches and mosques.

It all started on Monday night in Koulay, after some people of the Mandingo ethnic group accused another group of people from the kpelleh ethnic group of stoning them while they were breaking their fast following the observation of the Ramadan in Koulay, Guinea, according to a Liberian journalist, Mike Jabateh who is based in the community.

The Mandingo people who were affected by the act of the Kpelleh people got angry and reacted by stoning them (kpelleh people). The two groups went wild and the stoning turned to the use of cutlasses and AK 47 guns, which also spread to N’zelekore that is about 40 Kilometers away. The tension also resulted to the burning down of two churches and mosques early Tuesday morning.

According to the Liberian journalist, some of the victims died while en route to the N’zelekore Government Hospital, and the rest were pronounced dead at the hospital.

A Guinean Military Police official, Capt. Mamadee Dialo has confirmed the death of the eight people. He named three of the eight people as Mariatta Kromah and Alhaji Musa Syllah of the Mandingo ethnic group and Moses Kollie of the Kpelleh ethnic group. Others dead have not been identified up to press time.

Meanwhile, there is a huge military presence in N’zelekore and vehicles have been prevented from going in and out of the town, according to the Liberian journalist.
Investigation continues.