Ivory Coast closes its border with Ghana

Ivory Coast closes its border with Ghana

Abidjan : Ivory Coast | Sep 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM PDT
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ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast has closed its border with Ghana on Friday after a series of attacks organized from within Ghana against police and military killed at least ten people were killed, said the Ivorian Minister of the Interior. The attacks, which occurred in Abidjan, the commercial capital late Thursday night in a border town on Friday morning, are the first since August. The government had accused supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo have orchestrated raids from Ghana where they have sought refuge. These clashes almost daily had fears of renewed instability in Côte d'Ivoire one year after a brief civil war that killed more than 3,000 killed. "The land, air and sea are closed until further notice," said Hamed Bakayoko. "It was organized, ordered and executed from within Ghana and the Ghanaian authorities know who these people are," he added. Gunfire erupted at 3:00 am (0300 GMT) Friday morning in the city of Noah, the crossing point between Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana is. "There was an attempted attack against the army deployed to the border," commented Guillaume Soro, Ivorian president of the parliament, on Twitter. "The attack occurred at Noah had targeted a barracks. It was successfully repelled." September attackers were killed by Ivorian forces during the shootings that lasted an hour and a half, said a military official who requested anonymity. "Many soldiers arrived as reinforcements. They patrol along the border and conducting research along the river between Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana," he added.
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