ABIDJAN Dec 21 Gunmen attacked military and
police targets around Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan
before dawn on Friday, killing at least one person, the United
Nations mission in the West African country said.
The mission said gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenade
launchers and Kalashnikov assault rifles had attacked a
gendarmerie in the Abidjan suburb of Yopougon at 3:45 am (0345
GMT) and had killed a prisoner being held there.
Gunmen had also attacked an army checkpoint in Agbaou,
wounding two soldiers, it said in a press release.
Later in the morning, gunmen raided the Azito power station
in Abidjan, a worker at the plant and a nearby resident said,
asking not to be named. The worker told Reuters that several
people had been killed in that assault.
Government officials in the cocoa-producing country declined
Ivory Coast has been hit by a wave of deadly attacks this
year launched by suspected supporters of ex-President Laurent
Gbagbo, who was ousted in a 2011 civil war.
A U.N. report in October said it believed Gbagbo supporters
had orchestrated a series of armed attacks that have convulsed
Ivory Coast since August and had established an operations base
in neighbouring Ghana.
Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court
on charges of crimes against humanity after a war last year in
which more than 3,000 people were killed.
(Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing
by Andrew Osborn)