Car rams supporters of Liberia’s Boakai, injuring at least 16

Car rams supporters of Liberia’s Boakai, injuring at least 16
Car rams supporters of Liberia’s Boakai, injuring at least 16

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - A car ploughed into a crowd of supporters of Liberian president-elect Joseph Boakai late yesterday, injuring at least 16 people, police said. — Reuters pic

MONROVIA, Nov 21 — A car ploughed into a crowd of supporters of Liberian president-elect Joseph Boakai late yesterday, injuring at least 16 people, police said.

Police said they were searching hospitals for other victims, while Boakai’s Unity Party said at least 10 people had died in the incident.

“I can’t confirm the total number (of casualties), but at JFK I know there are 16 persons, 12 males and four females,” police official Melvin Sacko told AFP, referring to a local hospital.

Boakai’s party said at least 10 people were killed when a car drove into a group of supporters celebrating outside their headquarters around 9pm.

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“It just picked up with speed and ran into the supporters, and as we speak about 10 people are dead,” party spokesman Mohammed Ali told AFP.

Videos posted on social media showed bloodied people lying on the ground, some receiving medical assistance.

Boakai was officially declared the winner of last week’s election yesterday with 50.64 per cent of the vote, against 49.36 per cent of the vote for incumbent George Weah.

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The outgoing president and former football star won praise abroad for conceding and promoting a non-violent transition in a region marred by coups. — AFP

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