Pro-Ouattara forces seize town near Ivory Coast capital

2011-03-30 14:26

Abidjan – Forces backing Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara today seized the town of Tiebissou, 40km north of the capital, Yamoussoukro, residents said.

“The Republican Forces (pro-Ouattara) are in control of Tiebissou. Commander Ousmane Cherif entered Tiebissou to the cheers of the population,” said a resident in the centre of the town, referring to one of the army’s leaders.

After heavy fighting that started before daybreak, shooting abated in the beginning of the afternoon “and currently the Republican Forces are parading through the town. Some are in 4x4’s and some on foot,” said another resident.

In Ouattara stronghold Bouake, an AFP correspondent saw fighters leaving in 4x4’s loaded with machine guns in the early afternoon, heading south.

“We are going to Yamoussoukro,” said one of the men.

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