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Gabon opposition says HQ attacked by presidential guard

  • Gabonese Police stand guards on a barricade following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters overnight, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen amid fiery protests that have seen hundreds detained and the internet blocked.( AP Photo/Joel Bouopda)

    Gabonese Police stand guards on a barricade following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters overnight, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen amid fiery protests that have seen hundreds detained and the internet blocked.( AP Photo/Joel Bouopda)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walk past a barricade following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters overnight, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen amid fiery protests that have seen hundreds detained and the internet blocked. (AP Photo/Joel Bouopda)

    A man walk past a barricade following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters overnight, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen amid fiery protests that have seen hundreds detained and the internet blocked. (AP Photo/Joel Bouopda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gabonese Police patrol a street following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters overnight, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen amid fiery protests that have seen hundreds detained and the internet blocked.( AP Photo/Joel Bouopda)

    Gabonese Police patrol a street following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters overnight, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen amid fiery protests that have seen hundreds detained and the internet blocked.( AP Photo/Joel Bouopda)  (The Associated Press)

Gabon opposition leaders say one person has been killed and more than 20 injured after the presidential guard attacked the party's headquarters overnight following protests against the re-election of the president.

Authorities said President Ali Bongo Ondimba defeated opposition candidate Jean Ping by a slim margin.

Paul Marie Gondjout, an opposition electoral representative, said Thursday that soldiers in green berets shot live rounds during an attack on the headquarters, injuring at least 20.

Rene Ndemezo'o Obiang, Ping's campaign director, said one person was killed. Ping was not in the building.

Demonstrators had set fire to cars and buildings, vandalized a mall and looted a bank in the capital.

Authorities said Bongo won Saturday's election with 49.8 percent of the vote, while Ping had 48.23 percent.