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Ivory Coast extends curfew

2011-01-15 23:27

Abidjan - Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo on Saturday extended by a week a night curfew slapped on two Abidjan districts after deadly unrest, according to a decree read on state television.

The curfew in Abobo and Anyama from 19:00 to 06:00 "is extended to the morning of Saturday, January 22," a presenter on state television said of the measure initially decreed from Wednesday to Saturday.

The first curfew followed two days of unrest in which at least 11 people died, including eight members of Gbagbo's Defence and Security Forces (FDS), after hundreds of the troops moved into the area searching for weapons.

Abobo is a bastion of support for the man the world says beat incumbent Gbagbo in a November 28 presidential run-off, Alassane Ouattara, who remains holed up in an Abidjan hotel resort, besieged by Gbabgo troops.