Ivory Coast says it will disarm militias in west

Aug 1, 2012, 6:41 PM

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – An Ivory Coast military official is announcing plans to disarm militia groups in the country’s volatile western region.

Army spokesman Cherif Moussa said the “pacification operation” would involve 800 soldiers.

The operation would specifically target Amade Oueremi, head of a Burkinabe militia group implicated by Human Rights Watch in a March 2011 massacre in the town of Duekoue.

The military says it also will seek to disarm the dozos, traditional hunters who have assumed unofficial security roles since postelection violence ended last year.

At least 3,000 people were killed in Ivory Coast after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede the November 2010 election to current President Alassane Ouattara.

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Ivory Coast says it will disarm militias in west