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UN, French Attack Gbago Residence

Operation aims to destroy heavy weapons
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Park
Posted Apr 10, 2011 5:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – UN and French helicopters today attacked sites near Ivory Coast military bases as well as the presidential residence and palace, the BBC reports. The aim of the operation is to destroy heavy weapons near Laurent Gbagbo's residence in Abidjan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he requested the air strikes because Gbagbo’s forces were using the weapons against civilians and UN peacekeepers. Gbagbo is believed to be hiding out in a bunker at the presidential residence. (Read more Ivory Coast stories.)

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