Thousands of supporters of Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo have torched two UN vehicles and damaged three others in the city of Abidjan. The UN mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) said in a statement on Thursday that forces loyal to Gbagbo also set an ambulance on fire in one of those incidents. "Two UNOCI vehicles were burnt and three others were damaged, including an ambulance", the statement read. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks by Gbagbo's supporters.
Gbagbo's supporters accuse the UN peacekeeping mission in the country of backing president-elect Alassane Ouattara and supporting western interests in the country behind the noble looking mask of peace keeping. They also insist that the world body is inciting violence in the West African nation and foreign powers were involved in massive ragging during the controversial presidential elections of November 28th last year.
The Ivory Coast has been operating with two presidents and two governments since its disputed presidential election, with Gbagbo still mainly power. After polls closed, the country's electoral commission declared Ouattara as the winner. But, Gbagbo refused to give up power, citing irregularities in the vote. Some 200 people, including six police officers, have died in post-election violence so far.