Liberia Pledges To Prevent Attacks On Ivory Coast From Its Territory

Liberia has pledged to prevent rebel attacks from its territory on neighboring Ivory Coast, where security sources reported that Liberian documents were found on assailants raiding a military camp outside Abidjan.

The Ivorian army said it killed three armed men and captured another during last Wednesday’s pre-dawn attack on the N’dotre base, with security sources adding a Liberian passport and driver’s license were found on two of the dead assailants.

“The government of Liberia is deeply concerned over an incident where some men believed to be Liberians launched an armed attack on a military barrack in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire,” Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie said, citing the documents purporting to show they were Liberian.

“The Liberian government strongly condemns any act which disrupts the peace of its neighbors and the region as a whole,” he added.

“The government reiterates its commitment to ensuring that no inch of its territory is used as a launchpad for insurrection.”

Liberia said it was in contact with the Ivory Coast to investigate the incident while both sides pledged to reinforce border surveillance.

Liberian President George Weah intends to send a delegation “shortly” to the Ivory Coast to meet with authorities there, the statement said.

The Ivorian army said one of its soldiers was slightly wounded during the attack in Abobo, north of the economic hub Abidjan.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said through a spokesman that he was very concerned by the attack on the base, which houses soldiers trained to join UN peacekeeping operations in the West African country.

The attack on the military camp came three weeks after rebels killed three members of Ivory Coast’s security forces in attacks on the country’s border with Burkina Faso.

No group has claimed responsibility for those attacks.

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