June 5, 2009 / 7:25 AM / in 10 years

Gunmen kill Guinea-Bissau presidential candidate

BISSAU, June 5 (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a government minister on Friday who was to be a candidate in Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election, state radio said.

"Baciro Dabo was killed at 4 o’clock this morning by a group of unidentified gunmen," the report said.

In March, soldiers killed President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira in an apparent revenge attack for the slaying of the army chief of the unstable West African country, a transit point for drug smuggling. Elections are scheduled for June 28.

(Reporting by Alberto Dabo; Writing by Daniel Magnowski)

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