UPDATE 1-Gunmen attack Ivory Coast power station, security facilities

Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:31pm GMT

* Raids are first targeting infrastructure

* Turbine at power station damaged, shut down

* Government says 10 gunmen captured, two killed (Adds defence minister on TV)

By Joe Bavier

ABIDJAN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a power station and security facilities in and around Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan in coordinated overnight raids that ended early on Monday, the defence minister said.

The attacks, the first targeting high-profile infrastructure, came a week after a United Nations report claimed that supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo had established a base of operations in neighbouring Ghana.

The government of President Alassane Ouattara last month closed the eastern border with Ghana for more than two weeks, claiming raids had been launched from Ghanaian soil.

Defence Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said a group of armed men disarmed guards protecting the Azito thermal power station in Abidjan's Yopougon neighbourhood late on Sunday night and briefly occupied the site.

"Around 30 elements tried to take Azito. They were pushed out and 10 were taken prisoner with their arms. They are now being interrogated," he told Reuters.   Continued...

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