Ivory Coast reopens air space with Ghana

By AP Updated at 2012-09-23 23:55:50 +0000


ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast says it will allow flights to resume with Ghana, and has reopened its air space after closing its borders following last week's cross-border attack. However, the country has not yet agreed to reopen its land and maritime borders.

Four gunmen were killed in an attempted raid on security posts on Friday in the town of Noe, near the Ghanaian border. Military officials said late Sunday they believe the attack originated in Ghana, and the government announced Friday that all borders would be closed.

Ivory Coast accuses allies of ousted President Laurent Gbagbo, including some hiding in Ghana, of being behind a spate of attacks on military positions that began in August. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has vowed not to let his country be used as a staging ground.