Prisoners freed from Ivory Coast’s biggest prison

2011-03-31 14:21

Abidjan – Inmates of Ivory Coast’s biggest prison, Maca in Abidjan, were freed today as forces loyal to internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara’s forces neared the city.

“I left Maca at 7.50 am. All the prisoners in Maca left as well,” said one of those freed, Charly Gnahore, a journalist with a pro-Ouattara television station.

“We were in our cells when we heard shooting around 6.30 am. The shooting continued until 7.10am. Afterwards, we heard shouts of joy. We went down and saw the prison doors were open. We didn’t ask any questions. We just left.”

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