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Ivory Coast’s Gbago captured by French troops


ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday after French armored vehicles closed in on the compound where he has been holed up in a bunker.

A column of more than 30 French armored vehicles moved in on Gbagbo's residence in central Abidjan after helicopter gunships attacked the compound overnight.

"Yes, he has been arrested," Affoussy Bamba, a spokeswoman for Ouattara, told Reuters.

Earlier a Gbagbo adviser in Parishad told Reuters that French special forces had detained Gbagbo after breaking into the compound with tanks.

"Gbagbo has been arrested by French special forces in his residence and has been handed over to the rebel leaders," Gbagbo adviser Toussaint Alain told Reuters in Paris.

Gbagbo's spokesman in Ivory Coast Ahoua Don Mello told Reuters: "President Laurent Gbagbo came out of his bunker and surrendered to the French without opposing resistance."


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