Ivory Coast exhuming mass graves

2013-04-04 18:03
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Abidjan - Ivory Coast officials are exhuming dozens of mass graves dating back to the country's 2010-11 post election violence.

Justice Minister Gnenema Coulibaly on Thursday observed a moment of silence during a ceremony at the site of the first grave on the grounds of a mosque in Abidjan's Yopougon district.

The grave contained the bodies of four men aged 17 to 35 who were killed at the height of the violence in April 2011 while defending the mosque against militant supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo.

More than 3 000 people died over five months after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat in the November 2010 election against current President Alassane Ouattara.

A government investigation found 57 hastily dug graves in Abidjan dating back to the conflict. Many contain multiple bodies

Read more on:    alassane ouattara  |  laurent gbagbo  |  ivory coast  |  west africa

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