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Ivory Coast conflict: Abidjan facing 'rapid offensive'

The prime minister of Ivory Coast's internationally recognised president, Alassane Ouattara, has said the time is right for a "rapid offensive" against the country's main city, Abidjan.

Guillaume Soro said days of clashes in the city had sown panic among troops loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.

The UN has urged Mr Ouattara to investigate hundreds of deaths blamed partly on his supporters in Duekoue.

Humphrey Hawksley reports.

  • 04 Apr 2011