Liberia Mercenaries Pillage in Western Ivory Coast, AFP Says

Hundreds of mercenaries from Liberia are raping, pillaging and killing in Ivory Coast’s western Guiglo region, Agence France-Presse reported, citing Jacques Franquin, a spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency.

The militias from neighboring Liberia support neither incumbent Laurent Gbagbo nor his rival Alassane Ouattara and are exploiting the lawlessness in the embattled region, the news agency cited Franquin as saying.

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