Two civilians killed in Ivory Coast

AFP, Tuesday 11 Jan 2011

The two were killed in the streets of the capital, as tensions in Ivory Coast continue

At least two civilians were shot dead after lengthy bursts of gunfire were heard in a tense neighbourhood of Ivory Coast's crisis-stricken commercial capital Abidjan, an AFP journalist reported.

Two bullet-riddled bodies were seen lying in a street of Abidjan's Abobo neighbourhood, a stronghold of the country's internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara.

Troops loyal to incumbent strongman Laurent Gbagbo have been besieging Ouattara's camp at an Abidjan hotel for weeks during a tense crisis that has seen at least 200 people killed, according to the United Nations.

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