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French Confirm Ivory Coast Killings

French troops in Ivory Coast say they have found evidence of extensive killings in the town of Bangolo, in the west of the country. A French army spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Philippe Perret, said the evidence of violence was very visible and had clearly affected many people. But he would not confirm a statement by rebel forces in the area that more than 200 civilians had been killed. News of the violence could put at risk an agreement on power-sharing reached between the government and rebel forces on Saturday. The leader of the Mpigo rebel group, Felix Doh, whose troops control Bangolo, claimed that the massacre specifically targeted civilians and blamed loyalist militia fighting alongside Liberian mercenaries for committing it. The Ivorian army has denied these claims. They have sugegested Liberian rogue groups may be to blame. Full Story

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