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Gbagbo detained by French in his residence, aide says

Gbagbo detained by French in his residence, aide says
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First Published: Mon, Apr 11 2011. 07 27 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 11 2011. 07 27 PM IST
Paris: French special forces have detained Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo and handed him to leaders of the rebel opposition, after French tanks forced their way into his residence, a Gbagbo adviser in France said.
“Gbagbo has been arrested by French special forces in his residence and has been handed over to the rebel leaders,” adviser Toussaint Alain told Reuters.
A French foreign ministry source could not immediately confirm that French forces had detained Gbagbo.
“We have no evidence that can confirm that,” the source said.
Earlier on Monday a column of more than 30 armoured vehicles advanced towards Gbagbo’s residence in Abidjan, a witness told Reuters, and Alain said they had penetrated the building.
“It’s French forces taking in the rebels,” he said. “French special forces are inside the residence.”
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First Published: Mon, Apr 11 2011. 07 27 PM IST