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Ivory Coast death squads sow terror

Death squads linked to Ivory Coast’s government are murdering opposition leaders and supporters in Abidjan, where rising ethnic tensions are drawing comparisons with Rwanda on the eve of its 1994 genocide, investigators for the UN’s high commissioner for human rights have warned. “Death squads and militias made up of autonomous elements have been sowing terror and carrying out executions and abductions,” they said in a report to the security council. “[They] appear to be made up of elements close to the government, the presidential guard, and of a tribal militia of President Laurent Gbagbo’s ethnic Bete group.” Ethnic tension has grown since the rebellion in the north begun by disaffected troops in September. Full Story

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