Army will 'retaliate' in Ivory Coast

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 13, 2011 04:20




ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Security forces loyal to sitting president Laurent Gbagbo, who is refusing to cede power, imposed a curfew and descended on an opposition neighborhood Wednesday, sending in a convoy of military trucks after two days of clashes.

The head of the army, Philippe Mangou, read a declaration on state television warning that attacks by opposition supporters on their men amounted to "acts of war" and that this has given them the right to retaliate.

Mangou remains loyal to incumbent Gbagbo, who has not stepped down despite having lost the recent election. Mangou warned human rights groups and the international community that any upcoming operations are being done in self-defense.


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