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Guinea Promises to Continue Corruption Fight Despite Killing

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Guinea's President Alpha Conde says his government will continue its fight against corruption despite the killing of the country's treasury director.

Conde said in a statement late Sunday that Guinea "has come too far."

Aissatou Boiro died Friday after being shot by unidentified attackers wearing military uniforms as she drove home.

Conde appointed Boiro to head the West African nation's treasury eight months ago.

Investigators have not determined a motive behind her killing.

Guinean journalist Mamadou Dian Balde, the editor-in-chief of the Independent and Democrat newspapers, told VOA that Boiro had been investigating a plot to steal money from the treasury.

“Three months ago, she had discovered people who tried to steal more than $2 million from the Ministry of the Economy," said Balde. "Those people had been sacked from the government by the president, Alpha Conde.”

Money from the treasury was routinely stolen under former longtime leader Lansana Conte.

President Conde promised to put an end to corruption when he was elected in 2010, during Guinea's first free and fair presidential election since independence in 1958.

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