Ivory Coast's Gbagbo arrested in Abidjan: French ambassador

11th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Troops loyal to Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara captured his besieged rival Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan on Monday, France's ambassador Jean-Marc Simon told AFP.

"Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast, and taken to the Golf Hotel," he said, referring to the internationally-recognised president's fortified base camp in the city.

Earlier, witnesses had reported seeing pro-Ouattara forces entering Gbagbo's besieged residential compound, while French and UN armoured vehicles deployed on a road leading to the complex.

© 2011 AFP

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