Clashes flare up in Ivory Coast - report

2011-04-25 14:37
Abidjan - Aides to Ivory Coast's renegade warlord say they are being attacked in Abidjan's Yopougon suburb by former rebels who have joined the new army.

Both forces have been fighting in the area to dislodge pockets of resistance by remnants of militiamen loyal to arrested strongman Laurent Gbagbo.

Monday morning's attack comes the day after warlord Ibrahim "IB" Coulibaly failed to turn up for a meeting with his longtime rival, Defence Minister Guillaume Soro.

The aides, who would not give their names for security reasons, also said the army was massing heavy weapons on a road in the Cocody suburb, where they expect an imminent attack.

On Friday President Alassane Ouattara ordered Coulibaly to lay down his arms and Soro's fighters to return to their barracks.

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