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Pro-govt supporter killed in Senegal clashes ahead of polls

AFP  |  Dakar 

A pro-campaigner was killed in eastern Monday, in the first fatality from a string of pre-election clashes between supporters of and the opposition.

A told AFP the individual was stabbed during "scuffles" between the (PUR), which is led by Issa Sall, and pro-campaigners.

The body was taken to a hospital in Tamboucounda, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of Dakar, the source said.

A police source said a motorcyclist was killed by a vehicle speeding away from the scene of the stabbing. A journalists' association meanwhile said eight reporters were also injured in the violence.

Sall told an election meeting that the stabbing victim was a member of his governing (APR) and called for "light to be shed (on the killing) so that the electoral campaign does not become a pretext for violence."

Violence has buffeted ahead of on February 24, despite appeals for calm from religious leaders.

Sall urged his supporters not "to succumb to provocations" and called upon political rivals to issue similar appeals.

"This is a result of a call to violence issued by certain politicians," the said of the death.

"They will have to answer for their actions in court," he added, On Sunday at least two people were "seriously injured" in Fatick, a presidential stronghold in Senegal's centre-west, in clashes with supporters of rising opposition candidate Ousmane Sonko, reported.

Four people, all supporters, were badly hurt on February 4 in the northern city of Saint-Louis, Sonko's campaign said.

Senegal, a former French colony, is seen as a beacon of democracy and relative prosperity in West

But its election campaigns are often marred by accusations of corruption, influence-peddling and misinformation.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 05:20 IST