Mass graves found in Ivory Coast

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 16:38

United Nations: UN workers have uncovered a
mass grave in Ivory Coast, which was recently plagued by a violent battle for control between the current leader Alassane Ouattara and ousted strongman Laurent Gbagbo.

The UN said that the bodies of 70 victims were found
appeared to have been killed by militia loyal to Gbagbo on
April 12.

Out of the 10 graves found, the world body said that one
mass grave had 31 bodies while the second one had 21 bodies.
All the victims were male.

"The Office says that the team is interviewing witnesses
and families of victims to find out what happened," Farhan
Haq, UN deputy spokesperson, told journalists yesterday,
referring to the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights,
which is based in Geneva.

"The Office also says that there are allegations of other
graves nearby, and that the Mission`s human rights team is
continuing to investigate," he said.

The graves were found in the Yopougon neighbourhood of
Abidjan, according to the UN.

Ouattara, who was elected last year in the disputed
presidential election, will have a formal inauguration later
this month.

Almost a million people have been displaced and hundreds
killed in the recent fighting, which ended after the UN
military intervention.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 16:38

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