Guinea ’s security forces used excessive force in post-election violence that left seven people dead and may exacerbate tension unless they are reined in, said advocacy groups including Amnesty International .
French President Francois Hollande is using his first official trip to Africa to bolster his drive for military action against Islamist groups in northern Mali that are threatening to expand throughout the region.
Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara announced the reopening of the nation’s airspace after forces backing him said they seized the state broadcaster and attacked incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ’s residence.
Guinea hasn’t prosecuted anyone responsible for the killing of more than 150 opposition supporters, one year after security forces opened fire on demonstrators at a stadium in the capital Conakry, Human Rights Watch said.
Militias loyal to Ivory Coast’s former leader, Laurent Gbagbo , have killed “numerous” people in the neighborhood of Treichville in the commercial capital, Abidjan, near the headquarters of the Republican Guard, Human Rights Watch said.