Angola: Teen killed by soldier throughout coronavirus masks operation

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An Angolan soldier shot and killed an adolescent throughout an operation to implement the carrying of face masks to forestall the unfold of coronavirus, the federal government has stated.

The home affairs ministry stated a 17-year-old boy “was a victim of a gunshot” fired by a soldier on Friday whereas “allegedly” protesting towards a military-led consciousness marketing campaign on using face masks.

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In a press release late on Friday, the ministry described the case as “homicide” and stated it was investigating the incident.

On May 9, a 21-year-old man was “accidentally” shot when police clashed with a bunch of individuals caught flouting a curfew and a ban on social gatherings within the Huambo neighbourhood of the capital, Luanda.

President Joao Lourenco declared a state of emergency in March, banning public gatherings and limiting motion to restrict the unfold of COVID-19, the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus.

In April, the federal government made carrying face masks obligatory.

Rights teams throughout the continent have denounced widespread incidents of violence by safety officers imposing anti-coronavirus restrictions.

To date, Angola has reported 48 instances of coronavirus, together with two deaths.