Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian defence and security forces (FDS) on Monday expressed regret at the death of three soldiers during clashes in the past two weeks between supporters of the two claimants of the Ivorian presidency.
The spokesperson for the FDS, Colonel Hilaire Babri Gohourou, said in a statement he read on national television that two soldiers died in Abobo, a district of Abidjan favourable to Mr Alassane Ouattara, the opposition leader who is regarded by the international community as winner of the controversial 28 November 2010 presidential run-off election.
The third member of the FDS died in Duékoué, a city located in the South of the country.
Colonel Babri condemned the appeal for "revolt" made by of Ouattara, saying it breached national security.
The international community has asked incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo to hand power to Ouattara but he has flatly refused.
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