Ivory Coast destroys guns

2012-07-12 22:16

Abidjan - An official says authorities in Ivory Coast are starting to destroy hundreds of small arms collected since the end of the post election violence that claimed some 3 000 lives.

Spokesperson Laetitia Dia Allou of the West African nation's commission against arms proliferation said the destruction of around 600 weapons started on Thursday.

She says a total of about 2 000 weapons were collected from former militants and civilians since October 2011.

It is estimated that people across the country still own some 3 million small weapons, and the United Nations has criticised the slow progress in carrying out the disarmament programme.

Former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat after it was determined Alassane Ouattara won at the polls in November 2010, which led to violence that killed thousands.