UN: 1,000 killed in western Ivory Coast massacres

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Posted: May 26, 2011 2:12 PM

The United Nations mission in Ivory Coast says more than 1,000 people were killed in the country's west in the political crisis sparked by the strongman's refusal to leave office.

Local U.N. human rights chief Guillaume Ngefa said Thursday that 505 of those people were killed in the western city of Duekoue where a massacre took place over several days at the end of March.

Amnesty International on Wednesday said the U.N., which has a base in Duekoue, failed to do more to prevent killings, which it claims were carried out by forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara.

Ouattara was inaugurated Saturday after five months of postelection violence sparked by Laurent Gbagbo's failure to leave office after losing a November poll.