Gabon police arrest 200 over post-election looting

More than 200 people have been arrested for looting in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, where violence broke out following a disputed presidential election result, the police chief said Thursday.

“We have arrested more than 200 looters since last night,” national police chief Jean-Thierry Oye Zue said. “Looting is currently continuing in the poorer districts.”

“Six police officers have been injured,” Oye Zue said, adding that several civilians had also “most likely” been hurt.

He did not confirm however there had been any deaths.

“I can’t tell you that,” he said.

Violence erupted on Thursday after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of the contested polls, with thousands of angry protesters taking to the streets of Libreville accusing the government of stealing the election from rival Jean Ping.

The opposition leader said security forces killed two people and injured 19 more at his headquarters.