"The entire territory is cordoned off and secured," Fraternite Matin(p. 4) quotes Ivorian Chief of Defense Staff General Soumaila Bakayoko as saying after a tour of the troubled south-western region of Cote d'Ivoire. Speaking to reporters, the army commander said: "Our mission is to protect the entire national territory." In another development, a front-page headline in Notre Voie claims that the 41 Ivorians who were extradited from Liberia over the weekend are being detained in an "underground cell."
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