Masked men open fire on UN base in Ivory Coast

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 18, 2010 16:48

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast  — Masked men in military uniforms opened fire on the United Nations base after following guards back from a patrol early Saturday, the UN mission said. No one at the UN was harmed in the shooting, which came two days after violent protests left up to 30 dead.

The six armed men in a civilian vehicle shot at the patrol as it entered the mission compound early Saturday and continued firing along the wall of the compound, the UN mission said. The UN guards returned fire, according to a statement released Saturday.

The United Nations certified results followed the disputed presidential election showing longtime opposition leader Alassane Ouattara won the vote. The UN has been providing protection at the Golf Hotel, where Ouattara has tried to govern.


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