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Manhunt under way for soldier who killed 11 people on holiday island

Praia on Cape Verde
Praia on Cape Verde

Police have launched a manhunt for a soldier suspected of killing 11 people at a military barracks on the Cape Verde islands.

The former Portuguese colony's president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, said on his Facebook page that investigations into the killings are proceeding "at a good and positive pace".

The government said a disgruntled soldier who has gone missing is suspected of gunning down eight other soldiers and three civilians, including two Spaniards, on Tuesday. It did not name him.

Mr Fonseca said in his social media post on Wednesday that he is cancelling an official trip to one of the country's 10 islands so he can follow the investigation.

Local newspaper A Semana reported a heavy police presence in the capital Praia, with some 40 police officers in its main square.