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First footage of Gbagbo’s residence after standoff ends

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Video by Elena CASAS

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-04-12

These are the first images of the bunker where deposed Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo spent his last days directing his doomed resistance against forces loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara.

Deposed Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo's residence lay in ruins after forces loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara had made their arrest.

Buildings were either shattered by the force of explosions or were still burning after the intense 24-hour bombardment that heralded the final assault.

Among the debris of the compound, almost everything of value was taken away by looters, FRANCE 24's correspondents on the ground report.

One fighter told FRANCE 24: "Now we're free, we're going to go safely back to our families, to see our children and put our weapons down."

Out in the street French troops were guarding the building - as well as the surviving prisoners.

One of the French soldiers told FRANCE 24: "The company's mission is to secure the immediate vicinity of the presidential residence, firstly because the French ambassador's residence is next door, and then to make sure there's no return to fighting in this building, which is a symbolic place, and to stop the looting from spreading."

Date created : 2011-04-12

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