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French soldiers killed amid fear of new Ivory Coast coup

Two French soldiers have been killed by rebels in the Ivory Coast amid fears of a return of the civil war that was declared over last month. France called the killings “acts of cowardice” by “uncontrolled elements” and said yesterday that the attacks would not deter efforts to help keep peace in its former west African colony. The attack on a French patrol boat occurred on Monday, hours after a coup attempt in the Ivory Coast was foiled by the arrest of 10 people in France. French officers in the 4,000-strong peacekeeping force said that there was no reason to believe that the two incidents were connected. They said the French patrol had been attacked by a group of apparently drunk or drugged rebels from a group which has been absorbed into the Ivory Coast government since March. Full Story

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