Category: World / October 15, 2012 5:26 PM EDT
Gunmen attacked power stations and security facilities in and around Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan in coordinated overnight raids that ended early on Monday. The attacks, the first targeting high-profile infrastructure, come a week after a United Nation’s report claimed that supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo had established a base of operations in neighboring Ghana.
The Ivory Coast is the world’s top cocoa grower, is still recovering from a brief civil war last year. More than 3,000 people were killed in the violence; Gbagbo is now awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court charged with crimes against humanity.
Many of the leading members of his government and military were arrested following the fighting; others fled the country and are now living in exile.