At least 16 people injured when car rams into Boakai supporters in Liberia

At least 16 people were injured when a car plowed into a crowd of supporters of Liberian President-elect Joseph Boakai late Monday, police said.

Police said they were searching hospitals for other victims, while Boakay’s United Party said at least 10 people had died in the attack.

“We cannot confirm the total number (of casualties), but we do know that there were 16 people at JFK, 12 men and four women,” police official Melvin Sacco told AFP from a local hospital. told.

Boakai’s party said at least 10 people were killed when a car crashed into a group of supporters celebrating outside the party’s headquarters at around 9pm (9pm Japan time).

“It sped up and crashed into supporters. As we speak, about 10 people were killed,” party spokesman Muhammad Ali told AFP.

Videos posted on social media showed some people lying on the ground covered in blood and receiving medical assistance.

Mr Boakai was officially declared the winner of last week’s election on Monday with 50.64% of the vote against incumbent George Weah’s 49.36%.

The outgoing president and former soccer star was praised abroad for his concessions and promotion of a nonviolent transition in the region ravaged by the coup.


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