Fourteen persons including three civilians were killed yesterday by militias in the western district of Gohouin, reports Fraternite Matin (p. 6). According to the paper, ten assailants and one government soldier were also killed during the attack by militias who were supported by Liberian mercenaries.
On plans underway to restore peace to the troubled Ivorian western region, Fraternite Matin quotes the head of the UN mission in Cote d'Ivoire, Albert Gerard Koenders, who vowed: "We'll discourage those who are killing and causing mayhem." The head of the UN mission was speaking a few days after seven blue helmets were killed in this region.
Meanwhile, a front-page report in L'Inter says that government and UN forces are to launch an operation aimed at clearing the western regions. "Violence in the West: Ouattara declares war on his Burkinabe militias," says a front-page headline in Le Nouveau Courrier.
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