July 15, 2020

An Ivory Coast city on the front line, and afraid

An Ivory Coast city on the front line, and afraidResidents of Ferkessedougou, a commercial hub in northern Ivory Coast, are shaken by this month's brazen jihadist attack just 100 kilometres (60 miles) away -- the first assault by Islamist extremists in the country in more than four years. "The people are afraid," Kiali Ouattara, the local traditional chief, said of the city’s 160,000 inhabitants. Dozens of gunmen had targeted a frontier post at Kafolo, on the border with Burkina Faso, in the June 11 pre-dawn attack which killed 13 soldiers.


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