10 killed in Guinea ethnic violence

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded in ethnic clashes in the west African state of Guinea, a local medic told AFP on Tuesday.

Clashes broke out in the southern forest region early Monday when petrol station guards from the Guerze tribe in the town of Koule accused an ethnic Konianke youth of stealing before torturing and beating him to death.

The violence spread to the nearby provincial capital N'Zerekore, 570 kilometres (350 miles) southeast of Conakry, leaving dozens injured and several homes destroyed.

"There are at least 10 dead, including two this morning and three last night," said Fran├žois Lamah, a doctor from N'Zerekore, adding that there were over 60 wounded.

Lamah said hospital workers had not yet begun to establish an accurate death toll, as so many had been killed.