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‘Ivory Coast reopens Ghana border’

Ivory Coast’s land and sea borders with Ghana, closed after a deadly attack on 21 September, will reopen on Monday, the defence minister announced.

Paul Koffi Koffi said late Sunday on RTI public television that President Alassane Ouattara had decided the borders would reopen at 7:00 am [0700 GMT] on Monday.

All borders were closed after gunmen attacked a border checkpoint at Noe in Ivory Coast and then fled to Ghana, but air links were reopened on 24 September.

Five assailants were killed in the shootout, another five were arrested, while the rest fled into Ghana, Ivorian officials said.

Ghanaian police said they had arrested three men in possession of AK-47 rifles on suspicion that they were plotting to overthrow Ouattara’s government.

Koffi said that since the closure ‘the two brotherly countries have strengthened their security along the common border with the aim of preventing any incursion’ while Ouattara and his Ghanaian counterpart John Dramani Mahama ‘have stayed in permanent contact’.


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