GOL Comments On Border Shooting Tale

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The shooting incident reported along the Liberia Ivorian border in the southeast of Liberia is said to have claimed the lives of two Ivorian soldiers.

But in a sharp reaction to the report, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information says it is concerned, “because such a report has the propensity to sour relationships between the two countries.”

“The Government of Liberia is concerned about news reports of recent attacks in border towns and villages of La Cote D’Ivoire. Consistent with the policies of good neighborliness and a commitment to regional peace and security, the relevant Liberian security agencies are seriously investigating these reports as well as engaging their counterparts in Abidjan.

Liberia Ministry of National Defense has not officially reacted to the report, but sources close to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) say the authorities were considering sending a platoon to the area to study the situation at the border.

Meanwhile the Liberian government says it is fully committed to work with and support the Ivorian authorities and international partners in strengthening border security, regional peace and stability, as well as rid our countries of the mutually destabilizing activities of non-state actors.”

State media in the Ivory Coast over the weekend reported that two soldiers of that country’s armed forces were killed in a raid on military posts in the southwest of the country.

The Ivorian Press Agency said the attack began early Saturday morning in the Town of Grabo, near the border with Liberia.

The soldiers, according to the report, were killed in the village of Dahioke, 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the town.

The report also confirmed that one of the assailants was also killed in the attack.

Western Ivory Coast was hit hard during Ivory Coast's 2010-11 post election violence, which erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to his successor, Alassane Ouattara—now President of that Cocoa rich country.

Pro-Gbagbo fighters fled along with civilians into neighboring Liberia, and raids targeting the new army have occurred sporadically ever since Ouattara assumed the leadership of the former French colony.

One raid in June 2012 killed seven U.N. peacekeepers (all Nigeriens) and at least 10 civilians.

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