Ivory Coast: October 21, 2003

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French radio station Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Jean Helene was shot in the head by a man in uniform, as 11 opposition militants were released from police custody.

The incident near the national police headquarters was the aftermath of a government "round up the usual suspects" move. The police had hauled in 11 members of Ivory Coast's main opposition party (all followers of former Prime Minister Allasane Ouattara) over the course of several days. They were accused of being involved in a plot to kill ``high political, political, administrative and military personalities.'' What wasn't clear was whether this was a new plot, or just a follow-up on the dozens of detentions in August (after an alleged plot to hit the president's motorcade with rocket launchers). - Adam Geibel

 

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