Abidjan, Ivory Coast (ANTARA News/AFP) - The UN mission in Ivory Coast 
said Saturday over 330 people were killed in Duekoue in the west, most of them 
by fighters backing internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara.

Guillaume N`Gefa from the human rights division of the UN mission in the 
country (UNOCI) told AFP that of the 330 killed in the town earlier this week, 
most were victims of Ouattara forces but over 100 were killed by pro-Gbagbo 

"330 people were killed between Monday and Wednesday... the majority were 
executed by `dozos`", said N`gefa, referring to traditional hunters fighting in 
Ouattara`s army.

Among these however "over 100 people were killed by pro-Gbagbo mercenaries 
before the town was seized" on Tuesday by Ouattara`s army, N`Gefa told AFP.

"Before the town was taken it was militia and mercenaries who attacked 
people from the north" of the mostly Muslim Dioula ethnicity as well as "west 
African citizens."

The International Red Cross had reported Friday that "at least 800" people 
were killed on Tuesday alone.

N`Gefa said the ONUCI`s figures were likely to increase as a team was still 
in place investigating.(*)


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