Ivory Coast: Vavoua Clashes Kill Six
Clashes between groups of armed youths and government forces in the Ivory Coast have killed at least six people at the weekend.
According to our Abidjan correspondent, Suy Kahofi, the military said on state television that the unrest in the Western city of Vavoua started after a dispute between Republican Forces (FRCI) and youths Saturday night which left one young man dead.
Yesterday morning, many young people armed with clubs and rifles tried to storm the military camp in Vavoua, which had been under rebel control since 2002.
Junior defense minister, Paul Koffi Koffi, told the media on Sunday that the death toll was five and said casualties could rise as there were also one or two seriously injured.
Clashes involving civilians and the rebels-turned-government forces of the FRCI have become common in Ivory Coast since the end of the 2010-11 post-election crisis that
left more than 3,000 people dead.