Calgary Herald

Attack on Gbagbo bunker in Ivory Coast repelled

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aBidJaN • Forces loyal to Ivory Coast presidenti­al claimant Alassane Ouattara launched a heavy attack on Wednesday on the bunker where Laurent Gbagbo is holed up but appeared to have been repelled, a Western military source said.

Fighting raged for a third consecutiv­e day in the economic capital Abidjan as Ouattara’s forces tried to unseat Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power after losing a November election to Ouattara, according to UN-certified results.

The source, who lives near Gbagbo’s heavily guarded residence in Abidjan, said fighting had died down in the afternoon and Ouattara’s forces had regrouped.

“As I understand it, they tried to take Gbagbo’s residence this morning. The assault failed,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“They could not break through the resistance from all the heavy weapons still hidden around Gbagbo’s residence. They pulled back to rethink and replan.”

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