9 August 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: New Developments in Recent Attacks On an Army Base and Police Station

Photo: Fraternité Matin
Ivorian Army (file photo).

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"After Yopougon, Akouedo and Abengourou, the mysterious commando hits Agboville," says a front-page headline in L'Inter. A report in this paper (p. 4) says that a soldier was seriously wounded yesterday after unidentified gunmen raided the position of government forces in a village near Agboville. The report also states that the population has fled the village as result of this attack and quotes a resident as saying, "We're leaving because the FRCI forces have accused us of being responsible for the attack against their base."

Speaking about the recent attacks on government security forces, Ivorian opposition leader Mamadou Koulibaly is reported by L'Inter (p. 1) as saying, "this was foreseeable." According to Mr. Koulibaly, what is going on is "a guerilla war." The opposition leader, who said this in a statement issued on Cote d'Ivoire's Independence Day, is reported as saying that these attacks are the result of many "frustrations" that people experience under President Ouattara's regime.

"This is foreseeable as impunity has become a method of governance," a front-page headline in Le Nouveau Reveil quotes Mr. Koulibaly, the leader of Lider party as saying about the recurrent attacks on government's forces. "Ouattara's regime supports repression," says another prominent headline in this paper, which accuses government forces of "harassing, abducting and torturing" the population after a series of attacks that killed 10 soldiers since the weekend in Abidjan.

In a related development, a report in Notre Voie (p. 3) accuses Ivorian Interior Minister, Hamed Bakayoko of trying to sow the seed of "division within the army." The article is in reaction to the minister's statement alleging that "supporters of the former president, Laurent Gbagbo, were behind the series of attacks on an army base and police stations in Abidjan and the eastern region of Abengourou." "This is not serious," Soir Info (p. 6) quotes the president of the opposition FPI party, Silvain Miaka Ouretto as saying about the minister's statement.

Meanwhile, a front-page banner headline in Le Nouveau Reveil quotes Mr. Bakayoko who identified yesterday the presumed gunmen who attacked the Akouedo military base near Abidjan over the weekend. "11 assailants have been arrested and nearly a hundred weapons, which were stolen, have been recovered."

L'Intelligent d'Abidjan carries a front-page picture of Herve Ble, who was reportedly identified yesterday by the Interior Minister as the mastermind behind the attack against the Akouedo military base. "Hamed Bakayoko unveils a plot," reads a banner headline in Le Patriote. The paper also quotes the interior minister who vowed to fight "relentlessly" against people who are planning "to destabilize" Cote d'Ivoire.

This daily press review is compiled by the Information Section of the Public Affairs Office of the American Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The opinions expressed in these reviews in no way reflect the views of the United States Government and are presented for informational purposes only. The accuracy of reports contained in this summary has not been confirmed by the Embassy.

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