Gunmen attack security forces, raid prison in Ivory Coast

By REUTERS
August 16, 2012 18:32

 
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ABIDJAN - Unidentified gunmen attacked army and gendarme posts and freed prisoners in a town west of Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan during an overnight raid that ended on Thursday morning, local residents and the country's defense minister said.

Residents told Reuters they had seen the bodies of two civilians killed in the clashes and said a third person was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.

The world's top cocoa grower is struggling to cope with near daily raids against army and police installations that began almost two weeks ago and have revived fears of renewed instability a year after civil war killed 3,000 people.

Ten soldiers have been killed so far and several others wounded in the violence, which the Ivorian government has blamed on supporters of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo.

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