Masked men open fire on UN base in Ivory Coast

AP, Saturday 18 Dec 2010

Masked men in military uniforms opened fire on the United Nations base after following guards back from a patrol early Saturday, the U.N. mission said. No one at the U.N. was harmed in the shooting, which came two days after violent protests left up to 30 dead.

The six armed men in a civilian vehicle shot at the patrol as it entered the mission compound early Saturday and continued firing along the wall of the compound, the U.N.
mission said. The U.N. guards returned fire, according to a statement released Saturday.

The United Nations certified results followed the disputed presidential election showing longtime opposition leader Alassane Ouattara won the vote. The U.N. has been providing protection at the Golf Hotel, where Ouattara has tried to govern.

As many as 30 people were killed during violent protests Thursday, when Ouattara called on his supporters to seize key state institutions that incumbent Laurent Gbagbo has refused to let go of. Police and troops loyal to Gbagbo prevented Ouattara's supporters from marching on government buildings Friday.

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