Ivorian police detains nine Burkinabe soldiers

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nine Burkinabe soldiers were placed under police custody at Abidjan's Felix Houphouet-Boigny airport between Monday evening until Tuesday night when they were released and allowed to board a plane for Dakar, Senegal.
According to the Abidjan-published daily, Le Patriote, the soldiers were in transit on their way to Rabat, Morocco.
Agents from the Ivorian territorial surveillance department (DST) had arrested the soldiers just as they were going through police formalities, the paper said.
These seized their air tickets and official documents showing that they were on mission to Morocco.
They also prevented the Burkinabe from going to the Moroccan embassy in Abidjan, where they were supposed to obtain their visas.
Fraternite reported that the soldiers were only released after Burkina Faso's ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Emile Ilboudo had negotiated with Ivorian authorities.
However, the soldiers were not allowed to enter Abidjan, although they were allowed to depart aboard a flight bound for Dakar, from where they were to obtain their visas at the Moroccan mission in the Senegalese capital.

14 september 2001 20:37:00

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