Ivory Coast to exhume mass graves from conflict

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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 10:34 AM

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — An Ivory Coast justice official says that exhumations of mass graves from the country's 2010-11 postelection violence will begin next week.

Justice Ministry communications chief Soriba Kone said Thursday that the exhumations would begin in Abidjan and eventually reach the entire country. He could not provide a timeline or say how many graves needed to be exhumed.

More than 3,000 people died during a five-month power struggle after ex-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat in the November 2010 vote.

Kone also said the investigations would also extend to 12 mass graves believed to be related to a July 2012 attack on a camp for displaced people in western Ivory Coast.

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