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Alpha Conde Guinea president dismisses interior minister after murders

A source close to the presidency said that the dismissals followed the murders of two brothers in the northern town of Touba, a site of pilgrimage for West African Muslims.

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Guinea's President Alpha Conde arrives for a meeting with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh May 25, 2012. REUTERS/Samrang Pring play Guinea's President Alpha Conde arrives for a meeting with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh May 25, 2012. REUTERS/Samrang Pring (Reuters)

Guinea's President Alpha Conde on Thursday dismissed the interior minister and a senior official in connection with their handling of two murder cases, a senior government source said.

"Mamoudou Cisse, minister of the interior is stripped of his functions for gross misconduct," said a presidential decree read out on state radio. State secretary for religious affairs El Hadj Abdoulaye Diassy was also dismissed, a second decree said.

A source close to the presidency said that the dismissals followed the murders of two brothers in the northern town of Touba, a site of pilgrimage for West African Muslims.

One was decapitated with a machete and the other stabbed to death during a quarrel over the construction of a mosque. The state prosecutor has since opened an investigation and 13 people have been arrested.

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