Five die in Abidjan clashes

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Bloody clashes on Tuesday in Abobo, a district of Abidjan, between the supporters of Alassane Ouattara, the man widely believed to have won the controversial Ivorian presidential vote, and the security forces have left five people dead.

Reliable sources told PANA that among the dead were two demonstrators and three policemen.

The clashes followed an attempt by the security forces to dismantle a barricade set up for several weeks now by  supporters of Ouattara at PK 18 district and to flush out the Forces Nouvelles, the ex-rebels, present in the zone.

Côte d’Ivoire has been thrown into chaos following the controversial election that has been claimed by Ouattara and incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused demands by the international community to leave power.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has threatened to use force to oust Gbagbo if he fails to leave power.  
-0- PANA GB/AAS/SOC/MSA 11 January 2011

11 january 2011 21:55:16

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