Friday, May 6, 2011

The end Republican Forces with Gbagbo militias and mercenaries

Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Frei) on Wednesday killed an undetermined number of militants and mercenaries loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo who refused to lay down their arms and kept the resistance in the neighborhood of Yopougon following the arrest of former president found in the northern city of Korhogo.

"We defeated the mercenaries and militants who were holed up in the Naval Base Locodjro (Southern District). We found the place dead bodies and abandoned weapons, including trucks equipped with machine guns," said the commander Cherif Ousmane of Frei, in a statement to ONUCI FM radio station.

He added that several of the mercenaries fled. "Today I can tell you that Yopougon is released by 98%," added the commander Cherif Ousmane, who noted the possibility that the fugitives may be pockets of resistance. For his part, Captain Wattao Issiaka Ouattara said the mercenaries, of Liberian origin, fled to Dabou, a town located 40 miles south of Abidjan.

"Our elements are trying to cut their way," he said. The final assault against the last stronghold of fighters loyal to Gbagbo began Sunday with a strong detonations were heard in the area and caused panic among the population. The release of Yopougon coincides with the arrival in Abidjan by a team of investigators appointed by the Human Rights Council United Nations to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding allegations of serious human rights violations committed in Côte d'Ivoire after the presidential election of November 28, 2010.

Near Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, the Red Cross has found a mass grave containing 30 bodies. The murder of these people came during clashes between supporters of outgoing President Gbagbo and Ouattara current leader. On the other hand, has been known that Switzerland has frozen 70 million Swiss francs (about 78 million euros) linked to the former president of Cote and his associates.

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