Ivory Coast fighting spreads to southern Abidjan

By REUTERS
March 2, 2011 20:51




ABIDJAN - Explosions rocked a southern Abidjan suburb overnight and on Wednesday, as fighting between insurgents seeking to oust Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo and security forces spread to new areas of the main city.

Residents of Koumassi said the gunfire had stopped by early afternoon and some poeple were venturing outside their houses but at least two people had been killed in the shooting.

Security in the country is deteriorating, with gun battles between rival forces most of last week and hostilities resuming across a north-south ceasefire line that had been largely quiet since a 2002-2003 war ended in stalemate.

Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower, has been in turmoil since a disputed November election between Gbagbo and his rival Alassane Ouattara, who won the poll according to UN-certified results that Gbabgo has refused to accept.


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