Friday, April 15, 2011

Bodies Discovered in Abidjan

Teams of Red Cross workers shoveled charred corpses into bags in Ivory Coast’s main city Thursday while U.N. peacekeepers gathered weapons hidden in basements, throwing them into dump trucks for disposal.
The urban warfare culminated in the arrest on Monday of strongman Laurent Gbagbo. Now President Alassane Ouatarra’s first order of business is to get Abidjan functioning again. U.N. spokesman Hamadoun Toure Thursday said that dozens of U.N. vehicles went through Abidjan as part of a peace parade led by U.N. peacekeeping mission head, Choi Young-jin.

On Wednesday, a French patrol stopped at the house of Gbagbo’s last Prime Minister, Ake N’Gbo. Looters ran out of the gates with their hands in the air, some grasping bottles of wine. Once inside, the patrol found two cases of rockets, two cases of shotgun shells and two cases of banana-shaped magazines for Kalashnikov assault rifles.

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