Locals living near the residence where Laurent Gbagbo and his family are sheltering had a clear view of the attempt by his rival’s forces to get him out.
Witness Mike Kouakou told Euronews what happened:
“We’ve gone to ground here because we know there are looters about and there is no security.
We were watching for more than an hour and a half, nine missiles were fired at the residence of Laurent Gbagbo. They were fired by helicopters which unfortunately cannot been identified because they are without lights and it’s dark.
The presidential palace caught fire twice, but the flames have been put out. There was gunfire on the ground, sporadic and a lot of it, but it’s died down now.”