Togo killings

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The Independent Online
LOME (AFP) - At least 12 people were killed yesterday and 25 injured when police fired on an anti-government demonstration here as a Franco-German mediation team tried to end Togo's long-standing political crisis. Togo radio said the shooting occurred after demonstrators turned on security forces on patrol near parliament.

Burning barricades had been thrown up in the city centre and in working-class areas, as armed police deployed in strength. Witnesses reported seeing corpses at private clinics in Lome, while hospital sources said 25 people were being treated, mainly for gunshot wounds.