Sunday, June 29, 2008

Côte d'Ivoire: Dissident Ivorian rebels revolt in western zone

Dissident followers of a sacked rebel chief in western Ivory Coast fought on Saturday with rebel forces which support the internationally-backed peace process in the world's No. 1 cocoa producer, a rebel spokesman said.

A local television journalist said three civilians and one dissident insurgent were killed in the fighting at Seguela in the western cocoa belt, more than 400 km (250 miles) northwest of the main commercial city Abidjan in the West African state.

Fighting was also reported at another western town, Vavoua, where the dissident fighters had also rebelled against the sacking last month of their commander Kone Zakaria by military leaders of the New Forces rebels who control the north. Continue

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