Ivory Coast incumbent: opponent backs commandos
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - A spokesman for Ivory Coast's entrenched incumbent leader says a mysterious group calling themselves "invisible commandos" is commanded by the man who was internationally recognized as the winner of last year's presidential poll.
The group claimed to have killed 27 police and paramilitary forces loyal to incumbent Laurent Gbagbo earlier this week in the commercial capital of Abidjan. Gbagbo has refused to cede power.
Gbagbo spokesman Ahoua Don Mello says the rebels are allied with opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.
Ouattara's camp denies any connection with the commandos; spokesman Patrick Achi says they are citizens tired of police attacks.
Violence has intensified this week, almost three months after both men claimed victory in the presidential poll.
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