Weapons fall silent in Abidjan

2011-04-06 14:23

Abidjan – Heavy weapons fell silent after fierce clashes in Abidjan today as president Alassane Ouattara’s forces launched an assault against strongman Laurent Gbagbo’s home and presidential palace, an AFP correspondent reported.

Fighting around the two bases of pro-Gbagbo forces began in the morning as the embattled leader refused to surrender, despite being cornered in a bunker in his residence.

At least two United Nations mission helicopters flew low over the administrative district Plateau where the presidential palace is located, after circling the northern suburb of Cocody where Gbagbo has his residence.

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