Côte d'Ivoire

Curfew for two districts in Abidjan

Reuters/Luc Gnago

Abidjan is reported to have been calm overnight after incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo placed a curfew on two districts of the city following two nights of deadly unrest. Residents of the district of Abobo and Anyama said they had not heard either gunfire or explosions in these districts where many people voted for Gbagbo's rival Alassane Ouattara in November's election.


At least 200 people have died since Côte d'Ivoire entered a political deadlock between Gbagbo and Ouattara.

Leaders from other West African countries have threatened Gbagbo with military intervention if he does not stand down.

Gbagbo's government announced the curfew after at least eight policemen and three civilians were killed in Abobo during two nights of fighting. The violence was sparked when hundred of Gbagbo security officers entered the distrticts to search for hidden weapons.

The curfew, which runs from 7pm to 6am, is expected to run at least until Saturday morning.

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