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Attack on Ivory Coast television leaves 12 dead

Twelve gunmen who tried to attack national television headquarters in the West African state of Ivory Coast died in a battle with security forces that cast a pall over plans to start disarming rebels after a 14-month civil war, the tv director revealed. Director Jean-Paul Dahily of state broadcaster RTI told a radio station that the assailants wore black clothes marked “ninja” — the name of one of the many militias loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo formed after an uprising against his rule in September last year. Military sources told AFP that 12 people died Friday during the gunbattle, but did not say who they were. They also said that one gendarme was killed and several others wounded in a shoot-out at a checkpoint north of Abidjan, the country’s main city and economic capital. Full Story

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