Ivory Coast’s ex-President Gbagbo ‘arrested in Abidjan’ by French forces leading Ouattara troups
(AFP) ABIDJAN — Troops loyal to Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara captured his besieged rival Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan on Monday, France’s ambassador Jean-Marc Simon told AFP.
“Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast, and taken to the Golf Hotel,” he said, referring to the internationally-recognised president’s fortified base camp in the city.
Earlier, witnesses had reported seeing pro-Ouattara forces entering Gbagbo’s besieged residential compound, while French and UN armoured vehicles deployed on a road leading to the complex.
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