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published on 28/04/2011

Ivory Coast warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly killed

Ibrahim Coulibaly, the leader of ‘Invisible Commandos’ and best known war leader of Ivory Coast has been killed in an ambush against the pro-Ouattara forces yesterday.

Capt Alla Kouakou, the Defence Ministry spokesperson has confirmed the death of the 47-year old leader.

The leader was killed in a gun battle on Tuesday when he showed reluctance in disarming under the presidential rules.

Famously summoned as IB, the leader played a very important role in establishing the stronghold of Alassane Ouattara. But the pair had suddenly separated during a recent crisis.

Over the past decade, Coulibaly was involved in several coups that took place in the Ivory Coast. He had started his early career in Ivory Coast’s armed forces by joining in as a Staff Sergeant in 1985.

Unfortunately, he was not ready to surrender arms, along with his supporters as he was hoping to get recognition for the dynamic role that he played eventually culminating into the disposal of the past President Laurent Gbagbo.

Invisible Commandos’, now known as the Ivorian national army had fought against Past president Gbagbo.

‘No surrender’

According to Al Jazeera, Coulibaly himself had turned the gun on himself rather than surrendering himself to the pro-Ouattara supporters whom he once considered his allies.

Though, according to the Defence Minister, Coulibaly had taken family hostage after pro-Ouattara forces had tried to disarm him.

It is believed that the sudden death of Coulibaly will prevent any further chance of instability which could have been caused in the new government under President Alassane Ouattara.

The forces of Ouattara and Coulibaly often clashed within themselves, leading to the death of government troops and his supporters.

The town of Abobo in Abidjan has also witnessed severe clashes as rockets and mortar shells were fired by the two opposite sides in February.

Presidential aspirations’

Coulibaly himself has aspirations to become the president of the Ivory Coast. He had stated it quite publicly during 2002 when he was involved in a failed coup against Past president Gbagbo.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, the renegade warlord had confessed that he would halt the firing against Pro-Ouattara supporters but it would take time for him to organise and dispose the arms.

Though, arrest warrant was issued by both France and the Ivory Coast against IB because of his involvement in the 1999 coup that had bestowed power to Gen. Robert Guei.

+ Ibrahim Coulibaly + Invisible Commandos + Capt Alla Kouakou + Laurent Gbagbo.

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