7 killed following attack in western Ivory Coast

Published March 14, 2013

| Associated Press

A regional official in western Ivory Coast says seven people have been killed after gunmen from neighboring Liberia crossed the river separating the two countries and attacked a village.

Blolequin Prefect Kouakou Yao Dinard said Thursday four civilians, two Ivorian soldiers and one of the assailants were killed in the clashes in Zelebly. Dinard said the attack began at 4 a.m. Tuesday and lasted many hours. Villagers in all the surrounding localities fled their homes as a result.

Western Ivory Coast was one of the epicenters of the country's postelection conflict in 2011. Militias loyal to the nation's former president took cover across the border in Liberia, and have launched repeated attacks across the porous frontier, demarcated by the Cavally River.

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