One person was killed and at least three others were wounded by gunfire after troops in Benin Republic cleared protesters in a flashpoint city three days before President Patrice Talon seeks re-election.
Protests have erupted in the West African country’s opposition bastions ahead of Sunday’s vote, which critics say is skewed in Talon’s favour after the main opposition leaders were side-lined in a crackdown.
A column of Military vehicles arrived early on Thursday, April 8, 2021, to disperse demonstrators in the central city of save, a flare point of opposition protests two years ago, where makeshift barricades of trees and tyres blocked a major road.
It was gathered that Troops initially fired tear gas and then more detonations were heard as a Soldier fired in the air from an armoured vehicle.
It was not clear if they were live or anti-riot rounds.
The Director of a local dispensary said he had taken in one dead and some others wounded by gunshots.