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Gabon police arrest 200 over post-election looting

01 September 2016, 17:17

Libreville - More than 200 people have been arrested for looting in Gabon's capital, Libreville, where violence broke out following a disputed presidential election result, the police chief said on Thursday.

"We have arrested more than 200 looters since last night," national police chief Jean-Thierry Oye Zue told AFP. "Looting is currently continuing in the poorer districts."

"Six police officers have been injured," Oye Zue said, adding that several civilians had also "most likely" been hurt.

He did not confirm however there had been any deaths.

"I can't tell you that," he said.

AFP journalists saw two trucks packed with dozens of detainees, who raised their fists in the air and chanted the Central African country's national anthem as they were driven off for questioning.

Violence erupted on Thursday after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of the contested polls, with thousands of angry protesters taking to the streets of Libreville accusing the government of stealing the election from rival Jean Ping.

The opposition leader said security forces killed two people and injured 19 more at his headquarters.



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