Ivorian Crisis: UNOCI slams attack on helicopters

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – The UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) Tuesday condemned Monday's attack on its helicopter by the Republican Forces of Cote d'Ivoire (FRCI) in Duékoué, a town located in the west of the country.

In a communiqué issued in Abidjan, ONUCI specified that one of its helicopters was fired at by the FRCI troops while it was carrying out a reconnaissance flight over Duékoué.

"This attack against the Blue Helmets constitutes a war crime," affirmed MONUC, which also called on the authorities to do everything to identify the perpetrators of the attack with a view to punishing them.

Loyal to the president-elect Alassane Ouattara, FRCI forces may have carried out the attack following its dawn raid on the town of Duékoué to flush out forces loyal to outgoing President, Laurent Gbagbo.

Meanwhile, UNOCI has accused the Gbagbo forces of killing a dozen civilians.

In a statement issued in Abidjan, UNOCI said "forces loyal to Gbagbo fired on innocent civilians on Monday afternoon in Williamsville, killing a dozen people.

UNOCI also stated that "a group of young pro-Gbagbo troops burnt a young man alive in the district of Riviera.

"Another group brutally assaulted two UNOCI officials who were going about their work; " UNOCI added.

29 march 2011 18:05:11

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