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Ivory Coast Vote Violence Leaves Five Dead, Matin Says

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(Corrects location of Bonon in second paragraph.)

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Five people were killed in Ivory Coast on Feb. 26 in violence following legislative by-elections, Fraternité Matin reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

Clashes erupted when the headquarters of the candidate of the ruling Rassemblement des Republicains in Bonon in western Ivory Coast was attacked by unidentified gunmen, the state-controlled newspaper said. Four people were injured, it said.

By-elections were organized in 12 Ivorian electoral districts following irregularities in a parliamentary election in December. A convoy of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire carrying ballot boxes was also fired on by unidentified gunmen, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Olivier Monnier in Abidjan at omonnier@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

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