Attack in western Ivory Coast kills at least five

April 26, 2012 01:56


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ABIDJAN - Gunmen killed at least five people in an overnight attack on a border town in southwestern Ivory Coast, humanitarian and military officials said on Wednesday.

Unidentified armed men burned houses, looted shops and terrorized villagers during the two-hour assault on the remote town of Sakre on the country's western border with Liberia.

"There were five or six killed. Around 2,000 people have fled," an aid worker operating in the area told Reuters, asking not to be named.

It was the third such attack in the forested Tai region since September and came a day after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara wrapped up a tour of the volatile west aimed at healing divisions in the world's top cocoa producer following a four-month civil war last year.

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