Ivory Coast arrests militia chief accused over massacre

By REUTERS
May 18, 2013 20:37

ABIDJAN - Authorities in Ivory Coast on Saturday arrested a militia leader accused of participating in one of the worst massacres committed during the West African nation's post-election violence in 2011, a military official and witness said.

Some 3,000 people were killed in the brief armed conflict that broke out after incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo refused to acknowledge defeat at the hands of his rival Alassane Ouattara in a run-off poll in late 2010.

Amade Oueremi's militia backed Ouattara during the fighting, but rights groups say his fighters participated in the executions of hundreds of suspected Gbagbo supporters in the western town of Duekoue in March 2011.

"We have arrested him. He is now in custody. We'll bring him to Abidjan where he will answer for his acts," said one army officer involved in Oueremi's arrest, asking not to be named.

He declined to say whether the arrest was linked to the Duekoue killings.


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