Four killed in western Cote d'Ivoire's ethnic fighting

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Guere militiamen from the We People's Patriotic Alliance (APWE) in western Cote d'Ivoire on Monday killed four persons including three people of the Diula ethnic group and a Burkina national in Duékoué, 484 west of Abidjan.
According to eyewitnesses, a group of Diulas retaliated and injured four members of the Guere ethnic group.
The resurgence ov violence occurred after an uneasy calm of about three days after the 1-3 June inter-ethnic massacres that killed about 100 d people, injured several scores, and displaced thousands of others from the quarrelling tribes.
High tension is rife once again in Duekoue town, where some shops that had reopened Friday and Saturday, closed again due to high insecurity within the urban centre and its surrounding areas.
A large number of Duekoue residents have fled their residents and sought refuge in Daloa, about 100 km away in the government- controlled zone, or in Man about 200 km away, where the former rebel New Forces are in charge.
By Monday evening, an uneasy calm had returned to Duekoue town due to patrols units of the Ivorian Defence and Security Forces (DSF) and peacekeepers from the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI).
ONUCI commandeer in chief, Gen.
Abdoulaye Fall from Sengal, was scheduled to inspect his troops in Duekoue on Tuesday.

07 june 2005 14:41:00




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