Two killed in Djibouti protest

February 19th, 2011 - 11:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Feb 19 (IANS) Two people were killed in a clash between protesters and police in the northern African country of Djibouti, Xinhua reported.In a statement, Djibouti’s interior ministry said one protester and one police officer were killed in the confrontations which began Friday. The protest resumed Saturday morning.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Djibouti in the past two days, demanding President Ismael Omar Guelleh to step down.

Police fired tear gas canisters and rioters threw stones in return at the security forces. Police said protesters torched vehicles and destroyed police posts.

The interior ministry condemned the violence and vandalism, saying police were forced to use tear gas in self-defence.

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