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Thursday 23 October  

Gunmen kill Guinea official

Published on 10 November 2012 - 8:27pm
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Gunmen have shot dead the head of Guinea's public treasury, who had recently uncovered a plot to embezzle state funds, the government and relatives said Saturday.

Aissatou Boiro, 58, was gunned down in Conakry late Friday by "a man wearing a Guinean army uniform", a relative told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Boiro was responsible for foiling a plot to embezzle around 1.5 million euros ($1.9 million) from the Central Bank in May this year, top financial officials said.

Several high-ranking officials from the Treasury, the finance ministry and the Central Bank were implicated.

"She was returning from work, she had attended a meeting at the budget ministry. Her driver was behind the wheel," said a relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Another car pulled up and several men came out, including one who was wearing a Guinean army uniform," the relative said. "It was this man who opened fire as she was on the phone."

Relatives said the attackers then fired shots in the air to disperse passers-by before speeding off into the night.

"The assassination of Mrs Boiro is a settling of accounts between Guinean officials, nothing more, nothing less," said a top government official.

The former French colony in western Africa is plagued by chronic political violence and endemic corruption.

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