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Apr 10, 2011 3:07 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

UN, French fire on Ivory Coast Gbagbo's residence

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - Residents say that United Nations and French helicopters have fired rockets on the residence of Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who is holed up in a bunker.

Two residents from nearby neighborhoods reported seeing two Mi-24 attack helicopters and one French helicopter open fire on the residence Sunday. One resident reported seeing smoke rise from the compound. The residents couldn't be named for fear of reprisal.

An Associated Press reporter saw the same three helicopters take off from the French military base minutes before the reporter heard explosions coming from the direction of the residence.

Gbagbo's adviser in France Toussaint Alain confirmed the attack.

 

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