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Cross-border raid kills 4 in Ivory Coast

Updated Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | 3:03 a.m.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — State radio in Ivory Coast says four people were killed in a cross-border raid staged from neighboring Liberia.

The report said the attack occurred early Sunday morning in the southwestern town of Grabo near the Liberian border. It was unclear whether the dead were civilians or soldiers.

Sulaiman Momodu, information officer for the U.N. refugee agency in Liberia, said about 100 Ivorians crossed into Liberia after the attack.

More than 50,000 Ivorian refugees remain in Liberia following Ivory Coast's 2010-11 postelection violence that claimed more than 3,000 lives. The conflict erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office after losing the election to current President Alassane Ouattara.

An untold number of pro-Gbagbo fighters also fled to Liberia after the conflict, and sporadic cross-border raids have occurred since mid-2011.