​El Hadj Mohamed Diallo

05 February 2016

The reporter who worked for the news websites Guinée7 and Afrik was shot and killed during clashes between rival factions of the West African nation's main opposition party, according to witnesses and the government quoted in media reports.

"He was shot at point-blank range. I'm here next to the body at the morgue right now," said Ibrahima Sory Traoré, publishing director of for which Diallo worked.

Reports said El Hadj Mohamed Diallo was killed at the headquarters of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG) in the capital Conakry during violence which broke out after one member who had been excluded from the party attempted to force his way in with his supporters to attend a leadership meeting.

It was not immediately clear who killed Diallo, though some witnesses said the shot was fired by a UFDG member involved in the clashes, reports added.

In a statement later, the government confirmed it was opening an investigation for voluntary homicide.

Source: Reuters