Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • Israeli navy attacks Hamas base as tanks line up along Gaza border

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament resumes session on key appointments

    Read more

  • French court lifts mayor’s ban of Muslim hijab on beach

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces ‘executed prisoners in reprisal’ for ISIS killings

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

Africa

Shell kills 25 in Abidjan market

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-18

A shell struck a busy market area in Abidjan Thursday, killing at least 25 people and fuelling fears that Ivory Coast's worsening post-election violence could plunge the country into a full-blown civil war.

AFP - Up to 30 people were killed Thursday when forces loyal to Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo attacked an Abidjan suburb that is a stronghold of his rival for the presidency, a UN spokesman said.

Spokesman Hamadoun Toure said a UN team had visited the northern Abobo suburb and "could see that the armed forces of president Laurent Gbagbo fired at least six missiles on the market and surrounds, causing the death of 25 to 30 people and injuring between 40 and 60."

He said the UN mission in Ivory Coast, known as UNOCI, "expresses its indignation in the face of such atrocities against innocent civilians. The perpetrators will not go unpunished."

The 10,000-strong UN mission "reserves the right to take appropriate measures to in future prevent such unacceptable acts in accordance with its mandate to protect civilians."

Toure said the UN team which visited Abobo was made up of a patrol accompanied by human rights experts.

Earlier in the day witnesses canvassed by AFP reported at least 12 deaths.

The attack followed shortly after UNOCI announced some 410 people had died since the start of the country's crisis, sparked by a disputed election in November 2010 which threatens to escalate into a civil war with far-reaching effects in the west African region.
 

Date created : 2011-03-17

  • IVORY COAST

    Militias committed atrocities, HRW says

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Fear rife in Gbagbo camp amid Abidjan bloodshed

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Pro-Ouattara forces seize fourth town

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)