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Four hurt in clashes over helcopters

The Citizen Newspaper Four youths were seriously injured in Tarime yesterday as supporters of rival parties clashed over a landing spot for campaign helicopters.

The incident was the latest in a string of acts of violence that have rocked the area in campaigns for Sunday's by-election.

The rival youths clashed after disagreeing over "landing rights" at a football ground in Tarime Town for helicopters used by the ruling CCM and opposition Chadema in campaigns. Four people were admitted to hospital with slash wounds.

Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe was the first to use a helicopter on Wednesday to campaign for the party's parliamentary and civic candidates. CCM followed suit yesterday as tensions ahead of the by-election rose to fever pitch.

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