Six women protesters shot dead in Ivory Coast
Published 05/03/2011 | 05:00
Soldiers backing Ivory Coast's defiant leader mowed down women protesting at his refusal to leave power in a hail of gunfire, officials said yesterday.
At least six of the thousands of women demonstrating were killed on the spot, said Mohamed Dosso, an assistant to the mayor of Abobo.
The three-month old conflict in Ivory Coast has entered a new level of intensity. The regime of Laurent Gbagbo is proving it is willing to go to any length to stay in office following an election that international observers say he lost.
The UN said it is "deeply concerned". Nearly 400 people have been killed, including 32 in the last 24 hours, almost all of them men who had voted for opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, according to the UN.