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News Alert: 50 killed in Ivory Coast clashes - people's throats slit

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  • pbs@iafrica.com
    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [It appears to me that West Africa, which has experienced the longest period of Black independence, is also starting to fall apart.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2005
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      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [It appears to me that West Africa, which has experienced the longest
      period of Black independence, is also starting to fall apart. West Africa
      has tremendous riches and did not have to engage in wars of Liberation -
      yet - their societies are now surviving. Jan]

      ABIDJAN: Men armed with machetes and rifles stormed three western Ivory
      Coast villages overnight, killing at least 50 people in what security
      forces and local officials described Wednesday as ethnic clashes.

      "The bodies of 50 people, all of them Guere, have been taken to
      hospital," said Marcel Djahi, mayor of Duekoue, a town in the loyalist
      south that has been a tinderbox of the ethnic and communal violence that
      has marked the three-year conflict in Ivory Coast, producer of 40 percent
      of the world�s cocoa.

      A senior UN official said among the dead were four soldiers of the
      Ivorian national army who were staffing a command post during the
      pre-dawn attacks that appeared to be a reprisal for last week�s killing
      of four ethnic Senufo, among the legions of economic migrants lured to
      the west African state.

      Administrative Reform Minister Eric Kahe said the first target was
      Guitrozon, one of a cluster of villages around Duekoue mostly populated
      with Guere, an ethnic group that straddles the western border with
      Liberia. "The assailants entered the homes in this village, killing and
      cutting the throats of the townspeople, with the help of pistols and
      rifles and knives," he told AFP, saying that witnesses told him the
      attackers were traditional hunters who hail from the north of Ivory
      Coast.

      Eleven people were burned alive in their homes, he said, bringing the
      death toll in Guitrozon to 28. Duekoue is nestled under the southern
      border of the confidence zone that has divided rebel north from loyalist
      south since September 2002 that is patrolled by thousands of UN and
      French peacekeepers.

      The town, at the heart of the cocoa belt, is no stranger to violence.
      Over four days in late April, local Guere clashed with Dioula Muslims
      from northern Ivory Coast and neighboring countries, killing some 30
      people according to an official death toll and twice as many according to
      local leaders.

      URL: http://jang.com.pk/thenews/jun2005-daily/02-06-2005/world/w5.htm
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