The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 11, 2012
 

Guinea treasury chief assassinated

 
 

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - The head of Guinea's treasury was gunned down as she was driving home in what her colleagues describe as a brazen assassination aimed at silencing an official who had launched an investigation into the disappearance of millions in state funds.

The forensic doctor who examined the body of treasury chief Aissatou Boiro said she had two bullet wounds to the chest and died of internal bleeding.

"She was hit by two bullets in the heart, and died from haemorraghing. The bullets were shot from a close distance, which makes it clear that they were intended to kill her," said the doctor, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the subject.

The government issued a statement which was broadcast on state television on Saturday evening, saying that Ms Boiro had been killed by a group of men wearing military uniforms. Security forces have launched a manhunt to try to find and arrest the gunmen, the statement said.