Clashes in pro-Gbagbo parts of Abidjan: Witnesses
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 21:26
  
Abidjan: Clashes involving heavy weapons erupted in two districts of Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo one day after he was captured, witnesses on Tuesday.

The weapons were heard in the central Plateau district and in the northern Cocody area as forces loyal to Gbabo's rival, President Alassane Ouattara, struggled to return security to the city after 10 days of fighting.

"There were clashes using heavy weapons," around midday, said a resident of Plateau, largely deserted since fighting erupted and home to the presidential palace.

"No way we're going outside for the time being," said another resident, also speaking by telephone.

"This morning we saw a convoy of cars with lots of 4x4s: (Ouattara's military chief) Cherif Ousmane told us they were going to flush out snipers posted on all tall buildings in Plateau," said a young woman.

"Shortly after they went by, loud blasts began," said the woman, who asked not to be named.

In Cocody, where Gbagbo was arrested at his official residence yesterday, a resident said "there was sporadic small arms fire in the morning, after which we heard rocket and heavy machine-gun fire for several minutes."

Plateau and Cocody were the districts most completely controlled by forces loyal to Gbagbo during the fighting that culminated in Gbagbo's arrest by Ouattara's forces yesterday.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 21:26


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