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5 Policemen Killed in Ivory Coast Violence

Published on Wednesday 12th January 2011

At least five policemen have been killed in Ivory Coast as forces loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo clashed for a second straight day with supporters of his rival Alassane Ouattara.Police and witnesses say Wednesday's fighting took place in Abidjan's Abobo district, a day after clashes in the same area left five civilians dead.The area is a stronghold of Mr. Ouattara, who most countries recognize as the winner of November's presidential election.Mr. Gbagbo, who continues to control the army, refuses to give up power despite intense international pressure to do so.Mr. Ouattara remains holed up in an Abidjan hotel protected by U.N. peacekeepers.Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to return to Ivory Coast this week in the latest effort to end to the impasse.  Mr. Odinga serves as the African Union's mediator for the country.

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