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Ivory Coast 'massacre' denied

Ivorian rebels have denied accusations that they executed in cold blood about 60 policemen and their sons last year. Human rights group Amnesty International said the policemen were detained by members of the Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast (MPCI) when they captured the central city of Bouake in mid-September at the beginning of the uprising. The Amnesty report, based on testimony from survivors, says a few weeks later the rebels went to the army barracks where the police and their families were living, and opened fire. But almost immediately after the allegations were made public, MPCI political leader Guillaume Soro said that the deaths occurred during fighting around Bouake in mid-September. “For health reasons and humanitarian reasons we had to bury them in a communal grave. We consider that this is thus something which was done with clarity and openness,” he told French television. Full Story

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