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Attacks on military headquarters leave 7 dead in Ivory Coast
Ivorian soldiers stand guard outside a police station in the south of Abidjan that was attacked by armed men ahead of a visit by Ivory Coast
Ivorian soldiers stand guard outside a police station in the south of Abidjan that was attacked by armed men ahead of a visit by Ivory Coast's Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi on September 21, 2012.
Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:24PM
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Our positions in Noe were attacked by gunmen coming from Ghana…In reaction, our men killed four attackers and five of them were arrested. The situation is now under control"

Ivory Coast’s Army spokesman, Cherif Moussa

At least seven people have been killed in two separate attacks on security posts in different parts of Ivory Coast, officials say.


The first attack occurred in commercial capital of Abidjan's Port-Bouet district on Thursday where at least one soldier, one civilian and one assailant lost their lives after attackers stormed two police stations and one gendarmerie post, said Deputy Defense Minister, Paul Koffi Koffi in a statement.

Minutes later, another attack took place in the town of Noe, near the border with Ghana, where army troops killed at least four assailants.

“Our positions in Noe were attacked by gunmen coming from Ghana…In reaction, our men killed four attackers and five of them were arrested. The situation is now under control,” said Army spokesman, Cherif Moussa on Friday.

Meanwhile, similar attacks on military bases and police stations have been reported earlier in the month.

Ivory Coast, which is the world's top cocoa producer, was engulfed in chaos after Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat in the November 2010 presidential election and hung onto power until being driven out by supporters of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara in April 2011.

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