Pro-Ouattara forces move to stamp out rebel movements

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Determined to end all rebel movements in the country, forces loyal to the Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday attacked the stronghold of the ex-rebel leader, Ibrahim Coulibaly (IB), eyewitnesses told PANA.

"We heard sounds of heavy weapons in the area of sub-district PK 18 of Abobo as the soldiers attacked IB’s men," a resident of the area said on the phone.

Those attacks took place as talks were being held to bring the leader of the "invisible commando" (IB) to meet president Ouattara as he wished.

Coulibaly took control of Abobo since January and his men are reported to have been fighting on the side of pro-Laurent Gbagbo militias in Yopougon where the security situation is still not clear since the fall of Gbagbo.

President Ouattara had on Friday threatened to "disarm" IB and his men by force as well as the armed militias who are still going up and down the streets of Yopougon and Abobo, if they don’t stop fighting.
-0- PANA GB/AAS/MSA/VAO 27April2011

27 Abril 2011 19:18:51

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