Ivorian forces smash magical stone

Pro-Ouattara forces destroy a slab of stone believed to give Gbagbo mystical powers.

April 11, 2011 10:16

In Ivory Coast, where fighting has been raging for months since the contested elections -- magic may count just as much as military might.

This block of stone is believed to give incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo mystical powers.

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Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, who the UN says is the elected president, have demolished the stone to take away Gbagbo's strength.

It was hidden in a grassy area along a highway to Abidjan.

Ouattara's troops pulled out dirty rags from under the pedestal. Locals believe that a magician from the island of Sao Tome has put a spell on the cloths.

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