Côte d'Ivoire

Ouattara loyalists involved in extrajudicial killings, UN says

Reuters/Luc Gnago

There have been 26 extrajudicial killings in Côte d'Ivoire over the past four weeks, the UN said Thursday, adding that most were committed by supporters of President Alassane Ouattara.


The killings were reported between 11 July and 10 August, the rights representative for the UN’s Côte d'Ivoire mission, Guillaume Ngefa, said at a press conference.

The UN mission's report also said that there have been 85 cases of arbitrary arrest and illegal detention.

Most of those implicated in the killings belong to the Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI), Ngefa said.

The 26 people killed in the past month included a 17-month-old child and were shot dead in the western village of Duékoué and central-western Daloa areas, populated by supporters of Gbagbo, Ngefa said.

Eight communal graves had also been discovered near the economic capital Abidjan, he said, without giving details.

The FRCI helped Ouattara to take power in May after ex-president Laurent Gbagbo refused to give up office following elections in November.

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