UN helicopter fires on renegade leader's forces

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2011 2:51 PM

The U.N. peacekeeping office says a U.N. helicopter has fired on the forces of renegade Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo.

Nick Birnback, spokesman for the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said Monday the helicopter fired on Gbagbo's troops at about 5 p.m. local time to prevent them from using heavy weapons at the Akouedo camp in Abidjan.

Birnback says Gbagbo's forces have consistently used heavy weapons against civilians and peacekeepers in recent days. He says the action was taken according to the mandate the mission has from the U.N. Security Council.

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