Ouattara's gov't says pro-Gbagbo fighters defeated in Cote d'Ivoire

15:56, May 05, 2011      

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The government of Cote d'Ivoire led by president-elect Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday that it had defeated the remaining fighters loyal to captured strongman Laurent Gbagbo in the main city Abidjan.

In a statement read on the Cote d'Ivoire Television station (TCI), the spokesman of Ouattara's defense minister, Leon Alla, declared that the Cote d'Ivoire Republican Forces (FRCI) had defeated the pro-Gbagbo militia and mercenaries in the district of Yopougon after days of an operation to remove the pro-Gbagbo stronghold.

"Yopougon is now liberated from militia and mercenaries who were terrorizing the residents," Alla said.

The spokesman for the defense minister also accused pro-Gbagbo fighters of having massacred and buried many people in a mass grave in the Locodjro area of Yopougon, where they had set up their base before being dislodged.

Cote d'Ivoire began a new chapter of socio-political history with the arrest of the country's ex-leader Gbagbo on April 11 by forces loyal to Ouattara.

The government of the president-elect which is recognized by the international community has been trying to restore normalcy to the country after the post-election violence.

On Monday, the FRCI launched the "final assault" on the district to dislodge pro-Gbagbo fighters and to restore security and order in the entire country.

Source: Xinhua
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