September 1, 2016 / 2:40 PM / 4 years ago

Up to 1,100 arrests made in Gabon during post-election violence

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Authorities in Gabon have made up to 1,100 arrests over two days of violence that erupted after President Ali Bongo was re-elected in polls that the opposition rejected as fraudulent, the interior minister told a news conference on Thursday.

Pacome Moubelet Boubeya said that between 600 and 800 people were arrested in the capital Libreville, while 200 to 300 arrests were made elsewhere in Gabon. He said that protesters had used grenades and police had seized AK-47 assault rifles.

Reporting by Gerauds Wilfried Obangome; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Tim Cocks and Louise Ireland

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