Major Market Burns in Gabon Capital

By: Joel Bouopda Tatou - AP Writer
By: Joel Bouopda Tatou - AP Writer

Firefighters battled a blaze at the heart of Libreville, Gabon's capital, as fire consumed the nation's largest market.

An Associated Press photographer saw security forces including the elite presidential guard rush to try to help firefighters contain the leaping flames at the Mont-Mbout Market. Witnesses say the blaze began at around 11 p.m. Tuesday local time.

The cause of the fire is unclear but the blaze comes on the heels of a contested presidential election. Several cities in Gabon descended into post-election violence as angry voters burned tires and set fire to shops after learning that the son of the country's late dictator had won the Aug. 30 presidential race.

Ali Bongo, son of the late Omar Bongo, was declared president with 41 percent of the vote.

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