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May 18, 2021

Video documents carnage in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN – The African Union chief flew to Ivory Coast on Saturday to make another attempt to resolve the crisis there amid a slaughter of women protesters blamed on self-proclaimed President Laurent Gbagbo, CNN reports. A video posted online documented in chilling, graphic detail the transformation Thursday of a peaceful demonstration in the city of Abidjan into grisly killings by what appear to be forces loyal to Gbagbo.

U.S. officials said the attack left seven women dead, but Gbagbo rival Alassane Ouattara put the death toll at 12, including a child, with 110 more people wounded.

The video was broadcast widely on opposition television in Ivory Coast. CNN staffers familiar with Abidjan said the video appeared to have been recorded in the city’s restive Abobo suburb.

Gbagbo denied his forces were behind the killings and instead charged a “gross manipulation” of events. The international community has called on Gbagbo to end his siege on his challenger, Alassane Ouattara, widely recognized as the legitimate president, and appealed for an end to the escalating violence in the west African nation.

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