Two Ivory Coast troops have been killed in an attack on army positions near the Liberian border, the defence ministry says – the latest in ongoing clashes in the unstable area.
Twenty “armed, unidentified” men attacked security positions in the western town of Grabo, the ministry said in a statement.
They retreated after an hour of fighting with soldiers and police.
Meanwhile another group attacked army positions in the village of Dahyoke, also near the border, where the two soldiers and one of the assailants were killed, the statement continued, adding that the situation had been brought under control.
Western Ivory Coast is the most unstable region in the country, due in part to ethnic tensions, and has been prey to repeated deadly attacks over the past two years.