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Ivorian liberation forces turn guns on each other

2011-04-21 01:07:36 GMT2011-04-21 09:07:36(Beijing Time)

Pro-Ouattara militiamen stand guard in the frontier post on the border with Liberia at Pekanhouebli, in western Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast's new government forces attempted Wednesday to dislodge die-hard militia of deposed strongman Laurent Gbagbo holed up in Abidjan, causing hundreds of residents to flee amid heavy gunfire. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – Military sources say former rivals in the forces that liberated Abidjan and installed the democratically elected president turned their guns on each other in a major setback as Ivory Coast was beginning to return to normal.

Residents said heavy machine-gun fire rocked the suburb of Abobo about 12 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) Wednesday around renegade warlord Ibrahim "IB" Coulibaly's headquarters.

Two military sources confirmed that the new army of former rebels led by Prime Minister and Defense Minister Guillaume Soro attacked Coulibaly's headquarters but met with fierce fighting that lasted more than an hour.

The clash comes nine days after the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo who refused to accept his election defeat and took a last stand in the commercial capital of Abidjan.



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