UN Says 1,000 People Were Killed in Western Ivory Coast Clashes

May 27 (Bloomberg) -- At least 1,012 people were killed in western Ivory Coast in five months of post-election violence, the United Nations operation in the country said.

The “communal violence and clashes” broke out between security forces loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo, backed by militias and mercenaries, and the Republican Forces that supported President-elect Alassane Ouattara. They were aided by dozos, a group of traditional hunters in the area, according to the UN’s investigation into the fighting.

At least 505 people were killed in the town of Duekoue, the UN said. Gbagbo, who ruled the world’s top cocoa producer for a decade, refused to step down after losing a November vote to Ouattara. He was captured in Abidjan, the commercial capital, on April 11.

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