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Monrovia - Liberia's government on Tuesday announced the arrests of three suspects wanted in connection with an attack on the Ivory Coast border last month in which seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed.
“We have arrested three persons of interest in the ongoing investigation concerning attacks along our borders with Ivory Coast,” Information Minister Lewis Brown told journalists.
The government had named 10 “persons of interest” after the ambushes in June during which 22 people were killed in two attacks.
Two of the suspects had earlier turned themselves in to police and were released “after a thorough investigative process”, Brown said.
The attacks were believed to have been carried out by followers of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to step down after an election defeat sparked a four-month conflict in his country which claimed 3 000 lives.
Gbagbo was captured in April last year and has been in custody in The Hague since November on allegations of crimes against humanity.
Diehard Gbagbo supporters are believed to have fled to Liberia after his fall. Liberian mercenaries were also widely implicated in the Ivory Coast conflict.
Human Rights Watch in June reported that these fighters were carrying out deadly cross-border raids in Ivory Coast. - Sapa-AFP