Cote d'Ivoire: capture of

The Ivory Coast strongman, Laurent Gbagbo, was captured on Monday after a week-long siege of his residence and placed under the control of his rival claimant to power, according to a senior American diplomat and news reports.

It remained uncertain whose forces had physically captured Mr. Gbagbo.

Both French ground forces and troops loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of Ivory Coast’s election last year, had pressed into the city toward the residence where Mr. Gbagbo has been holed up.



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