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Grenade Thrown At Soccer Fans In Guinea, At Least 1 Dead

01/20/2015 06:48 EST | Updated 03/22/2015 05:59 EDT
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Ivory Coast's supporters cheer ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Ivory Coast and Guinea in Malabo on January 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
CONAKRY, Guinea - Authorities in the West African nation of Guinea say one person is dead and three others seriously wounded after someone threw a grenade into a crowd of people watching a televised soccer match.

The fans were injured as they watched Guinea's national team play Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations tournament under way in Equatorial Guinea.

Mamadou Alpha Barry, national police spokesman, said the violence took place around the time Ivory Coast scored an equalizing goal in the game that ended 1-1. The person who launched the grenade also was seriously wounded, he said.

Other residents in the neighbourhood said there were three dead, though police only confirmed one fatality.