Shots fired in Ivory Coast factional clash

December 13, 2010 18:24

In the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan on Monday, security forces loyal to Ouattara fired into the air after approaching soldiers loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, sparking panic that his rivalry with election rival Alassane Outtara had turned to open conflict.

Prime Ministerial spokesman Meite Sindou, who belongs to Ouattara's government, said the forces had been sent to remove a roadblock that had been set up by soldiers loyal to Gbagbo. Sindou says that no one was hurt in the brief altercation.Ouattara has been widely considered the legitimate winner of the 2010 Ivory Coast election, but the official results declared Gbagbo the victor.

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